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Israel Hospital Says No Significant Change in Sharon’s Condition

Then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon takes part in the lighting of a Hanukkah candle at his Jerusalem office in Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2005. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Pool via Getty Images
Then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon takes part in the lighting of a Hanukkah candle at his Jerusalem office in Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2005. Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Pool via Getty Images

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a critical and life-threatening condition, according to a text message today from the Chaim Sheba Medical Center where he is being treated.

The former Israeli leader, 85, has been in a coma and hospitalized since suffering a stroke in January 2006. Doctors disclosed earlier this week that his condition had taken a turn for the worse.

Laboratory and clinical tests point to “a gradual deterioration” in organ function, the hospital said yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gwen Ackerman in Jerusalem at gackerman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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