Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday was declared to be in critical condition suffering from multiple organ failure. Sharon has been in a coma since January 2006.
Since slipping into a coma after suffering a major brain hemorrhage, Sharon has had his ups and downs. But despite several dire diagnoses, his system always seemed to recover. At one point a couple years ago, doctors even recorded significant brain activity when Sharon’s family played familiar music or spoke to him, though they doubted he would ever regain consciousness.
With Sharon now at age 85 and with so many organs failing at once, doctors are predicting the worst, and are saying there is no point in even attempting emergency dialysis.
“The situation is currently critical, and his life is definitely at risk,” Sheba Medical Center director Professor Zev Rothstein told reporters. “Over the past two days we’ve seen a steady decrease in the function of critical organs.”
According to Israeli media reports, doctors told Sharon’s two sons, Omri and Gilad, that their father had no more than a few days to live.