Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has been transferred from Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital to a rehabilitation centre in Tel Aviv, five months after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage.
Professor Zeev Rothstein, director of the Sheba centre, said doctors would try to help him come off the artificial respiration. But he acknowledged that the prospects of 78-year-old former prime minister regaining consciousness were “extremely thin”.
“We have arranged a course of treatment over the months ahead which will give him the best possible chance,” Professor Rothstein told reporters.
“For a man of his age who is in a coma and under artificial respiration, each stage of his treatment can put his life in danger â€” that’s why it is a process which takes time.”