JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Jerusalem Hadassah Hospital
Director Shlomo Mor-Yosef said Saturday evening that the latest CT scan of the
brain of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon showed a slight improvement, but his
overall condition remains critical.
Sharon, who is fighting for his life after suffering a severe
stroke and cerebral hemorrhage Wednesday night, was taken for a procedural CT
scan Saturday morning to check for internal bleeding and examine intra-cranial
pressure following surgical intervention the day before.
"The prime minister is
currently in intensive care. During the Sabbath, he underwent a scheduled CT
scan," Mor-Yosef told reporters outside the hospital. "Intra-cranial pressure is
normal, pulse, blood pressure are normal. These measurements indicate
stability," he added.
|Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Hadassah Hospital
director, updates the media on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
medical condition outside the hospital in Jerusalem Jan. 7.
He said the CT scan shows that the condition of the left part of
Sharon's brain is better than the right part. He concluded that Sharon's life is
still in danger, and his condition remains critical but stable.
Mor-Yosef said, however, that the current treatment is aimed at
keeping the prime minister alive.
"First we have to stabilize the situation and fight for the life
of the prime minister," he said.
"We people are optimistic. But I can not say that the prime
minister has come out of danger," the hospital director added. "There are very
slight signs of improvement. But the condition is still critical," he said.
Mor-Yosef said the hospital's specialists in various fields will
meet Saturday morning to discuss when to bring Sharon out of the medically
induced coma. They will also discuss the course of treatment for the next 24
hours, he said.
Sharon remained heavily sedated and on respirator in intensive
care unit Saturday, a day after he underwent a third operation in two days aimed
at relieving intra-cranial pressure.
Meanwhile, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Shimon
Peres on Friday to discuss the future of the Kadima party and the continuing of
policies that Kadima's founder, Ariel Sharon, began.
The policies include "an unrelenting war on terror, as well as
an unending effort in the direction of the peace process," Peres said.
|The media members set up tents and
equipment outside the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized in critical condition Jan. 7.
Olmert wanted to assure Peres that he is a valued member of
Kadima, even in a post-Sharon era. Olmert's move came as an effort to block any
attempt by Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz to return Peres to the Labor.
World leaders continued to send their good wishes to Sharon on
Saturday, as Jordanian King Abdullah II called Olmert to express concern over
A few hours later, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier expressed his concern and support for Sharon, telling Foreign
Minister Silvan Shalom "we stand firmly beside Israel."
"Along with our Israeli friends, we are worried about the health
and life of the prime minister," Steinmeier said in a brief statement following
On Friday evening, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
called Olmert to express concern of the U.S. administration and nation for
Sharon. She told Olmert that Americans are praying for Sharon's well-being.
Earlier, Rice canceled a six-day trip to Australia and Indonesia
amid uncertainty over Sharon's condition.
Olmert thanked Rice for her wishes and updated her on the prime
minister's condition. He also asked Rice to relay to President George W. Bush
that his warm words on Sharon had encouraged the entire country of Israel.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also called Olmert Friday
evening to wish Sharon well. Mubarak told him that he was looking forward to
continued cooperation with Israel and that good Israel-Egypt ties will continue.