Sharon's condition improves

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, will be transferred today from the intensive care unit back to the respiratory rehabilitation unit at Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer after an improvement in his lung and kidney function.

An official at the Sheba Medical Center said that the reason Sharon is improving is because “he is built right.” He added that the kidney failure was only temporary, just like an illness that goes away.

The kidney failure was generally due to the pneumonia he caught a few weeks ago, a diagnosis that necessitated his transfer to the intensive care unit.

The hospital official said that the antibiotic treatment is working and that his body is beginning to function properly. “Sharon’s pneumonia has not been cured yet, but he has improved significantly,” the official said.

Former Prime Minister Sharon was first admitted to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in January after suffering a major stroke. He had been in a coma since that time, and has suffered from related complications ever since, including deterioration in the brain, lungs, kidneys, and intestines.

Five months after his stroke, Sharon was transferred from Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to the respiratory rehabilitation unit at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where he has been since.

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