Sharon Back in Operating Theatre

Ariel Sharon was taken back into theatre for emergency surgery after a brain scan revealed further bleeding after his devastating stroke, doctors said. His deputy, Ehud Olmert, has taken over as caretaker prime minister.

Sharon Back in Operating Theatre

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is rushed back to surgery after a brain scan following a massive stroke. Stricken Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is undergoing another operation after a scan revealed fresh bleeding in his brain. Hospital director Shlomo Mor-Yosef said the scan showed an enlarged ventricle and surgeons were trying to drain excess blood to relieve the pressure.

Shlomo Mor-Yosef said: "There has been no change during the night. All the vital signs that we measure - blood pressure, intra-cranial pressure - all these vital signs have been stable, within the normal levels and this is positive." He said that a team of medics would meet later in the day to discuss whether Sharon should undergo another brain scan. On Friday afternoon it emerged that the scan had revealed more bleeding and Sharon was taken back into theatre for further surgery.

Dr Mor-Yosef said on Friday afternoon: "There was an increase in cranial pressure and there were changes in the blood pressure." On Thursday night, Dr Mor-Yosef had said that Sharon's pupils were responding to light, "which means the brain is functioning".

Full recovery unlikely

But neurosurgeons not involved in Sharon's treatment said a full recovery was unlikely after such a massive stroke. Sharon was taken to Jerusalem for treatment late on Wednesday from his ranch in the Nev desert in southern Israel. Sharon's deputy, Ehud Olmert, took the reins on Thursday as acting prime minister and tried to convey a sense of stability, but Sharon's grave condition left Israelis stunned and threw his  peace agenda into doubt.

Sharon's collapse less than three months before elections left his moderate Kadima Party, which appeared headed for an easy victory, in limbo. Aides to Sharon said they were working on the assumption he would not return to work. Opinion polls have predicted that Sharon, 77, would easily win a general election scheduled for 28 March. He was due to contest the election at the head of Kadima, his newly formed centrist party.

He recently left Likud, where right-wingers had criticised the withdrawal from Gaza. Aluf Ben, Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent, wrote on the newspaper's website: "With all due caution, it appears as though the era of Sharon leading Israel has reached its tragic end."

 

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