Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Breaking News: Sharon Airlifted to Hospital

*Breaking* *UPDATED 7:09pm EST*

(Hat tip: Jameel)

Ariel Sharon was rushed to the hospital, conscious and able to speak (JPost). FoxNews reports he may have suffered a second stroke.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem again late Wednesday night. Sharon, according to Channel 10, reportedly was conscious, and able to speak, but was suffering from some weakness.

The Prime Minister initially complained of feeling chest pressure and pain, and said that in general he wasn't feeling well.

Israeli media reported that he apparently suffered a second stroke. The announcement said he was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo a heart procedure Thursday to close a hole that contributed to his Dec. 18 stroke.
If he's conscious and speaking, it doesn't sound as bad as the headlines imply. If he can (after tomorrow's surgery) convince the country that he's well enough to run the country for a few years without any more incidents, it may not affect Kadima's power (Knesset seats projected in the mid-30's). Furthermore, there is enough seperation in the confidence people have in Sharon as opposed to Netanyahu and especially Peretz, and the lack of other choices that will make the center happy, to ensure that Kadima continues to move forward. They still are, however, a one-man party.

UPDATE 7:09pm EST: (Hat Tip: SoccerDad) It now looks like it may be worse than originally reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke Wednesday and was on a respirator after falling ill at his ranch. Doctors operated to drain excess blood from his brain.

Powers were transferred to his deputy, Vice Premier Ehud Olmert.

Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, said Sharon suffered "a significant stroke," adding that he was "under anesthetic and receiving breathing assistance." A few minutes later, Mor-Yosef emerged to say that initial tests showed Sharon had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in his brain.

Mor-Yosef said Sharon, 77 and overweight, had "massive bleeding and was being transferred to an operating theater."

Dr. Shmuel Shapira of Hadassah Hospital told Channel 10 TV that Sharon was taken to an operating room to drain the blood after suffering what he termed a "massive stroke." Israeli TV said the operation would likely take several hours.

Sharon was put in an ambulance at his ranch in the Negev Desert after complaining about feeling unwell. Shapira said the stroke developed while he was being taken to the hospital, a drive of about an hour.

Sharon's personal physician said early Thursday that he expects Sharon to emerge from surgery "safely."

"The prime minister is currently in surgery, it is proceeding properly," said Dr. Shlomo Segev. "We need to wait patiently. "I expect him to emerge from it safely."

Channel 2 TV said Sharon was suffering from paralysis in his lower body. Analysts on Israeli TV stations said his life could be in danger.

Crazy. The article above finishes with what sounds eerily like an obituary. I'm hoping and praying that we do not see one anytime soon.

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  2. JPost reporting as follows:

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a serious stroke and had been anesthetized, according to a spokesman for Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem where he was being treated late Wednesday night.

    According to Hadassah doctors, the prime minister was in serious condition and was suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage.

    According to Justice Ministry spokesman Ya'acov Galant, a prime minister legally remains in his post only as long as he is capable of making decisions.

    Since Sharon is not conscious after suffering from what doctors termed "a serious stroke," his powers and prerogatives will be transferred to his deputy, Finance Minister Ehud Olmert.

  3. IF I can venture a totally uninformed opinion here- it sounds like the first, minor stroke was a clot, and the second is a hemorrhage, which is bad because the docs put him on a blood thinner meaning that the hemorrhage is made even worse. Feel free to tell me this makes no medical sense.

    Either way this sounds pretty bad.

  4. It looks like JPost is in media lock down as the story isn't even up there now. Perhaps there are security issues at stake.

  5. Back up at JPost "Sharon Fighting For His Life".

  6. I am sadly not optimistic. I think that Sharon is through as PM and am hopeful now that he survives this.

  7. where did it say he was airlifted?
    best i know he was rushed on the highway followed by hordes of paparazzi.
    in fact all the news outlets are asking now why they went all the way from the ranch to hadassah and not a closer hospital AND why he specifically was not "airlifted"

  8. Sorry - I just went by what I was told in the original message I got when I wrote the title. I can't change it because it would mess up links...

    The way I did hear it, though, he was taken to Soroka then airlifted to Hadassah. No clue what's correct.

  9. For davening purposes, Sharon's name is Ariel ben Devorah.