Related: Sharon to undergo surgery for intra-cranial bleeding
World leaders wish for Sharon's recovery
JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem late Wednesday night after suffering a significant stroke.
Mor-Yosef said Sharon is under general anesthetic and is receiving breathing
assistance as his condition is assessed.
|Israeli police officers stand guard near
the entrance to the emergency room at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital,
where Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized in Jerusalem
January 4. (Reuters)|
He was rushed into surgery at Hadassah Hospital after
intra-cranial bleeding was detected. But there was no immediate assessment of
the damage he may have suffered.
Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has taken over prime minister
powers during Sharon's hospitalization, cabinet secretary Yisrael Maimon told
Israeli media said that Sharon's condition is very serious and
has been taken to operating room.
Israeli Channel 2 TV said that Sharon is suffering from
paralysis in his lower body.
The Prime Minister
initially complained of feeling chest pressure and pain when he was at his home
in the Sycamore Ranch in Negev in southern Israel, preparing for his planned
catheterization procedure on Thursday morning at the Hadassah Hospital.
|Israeli PM Sharon attends a session
in Israel's parliament in this Jan. 1, 2006 file photo.
Both his sons, Gilad and Omri were with Sharon when he was not
feeling well, and they accompanied him to the hospital.
The Prime Minister was scheduled to undergo a heart procedure
Thursday morning which will involve a general anesthetic and last three
Sharon was expected to leave the hospital Friday morning for his
Negev ranch, and return to his office either Sunday or Monday.
Sharon, 78, was taken to Hadassah Hospital from his office after
suffering a mild stroke on Dec. 18.
Doctors said he would not suffer long-term effects from the
stroke, but they discovered a birth defect in his heart that apparently
contributed to the stroke.
The prime minister has been receiving blood thinners to prevent
a recurrence of the clotting that caused the first stroke.