Former prime minister Ariel Sharon still in a comatose state was moved from Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on Sunday for continual respiratory care and rehabilitation. The goal in transferring Sharon to an 18-bed department is to wean him off of his respirator. Even though the former prime minister according to doctors has no chance of regaining consciousness, his sons remain by his bedside, up to 12 hours a day. Head of the department Dr. Arie Wollner described the new facilities are “a hospital within a hospital, with interdisciplinary care by specialists in intensive care, internal medicine, lung disease and other fields, plus physiotherapists and other professionals. Our patients are stable and no longer under the imminent threat of death, but they still need life support measures, including weaning from ventilation,” he said.
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