By early Friday he remained in a deep coma and was likely to remain under sedation for at least a further 72 hours.
Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, gave reporters an update of Sharon's condition.
"There has been no change during the night," he said. "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 Thursday night, Dr Mor-Yosef had said that Sharon's pupils were responding to light, "which means the brain is functioning". "We are fighting for the life of the prime minister, with no compromise," he said.
Full recovery unlikely
Neurosurgeons not involved in Sharon's treatment said a full recovery was unlikely after such a massive stroke. Sharon
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
Aluf Ben, Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent, wrote on the newspaper's website: "With all due caution, it appears as though the era of
Sharon had been due to undergo an operation on Thursday at Hadassah to repair a tiny hole in his heart thought to have caused the blood clot that led to a minor stroke on 18 December.
Doctors speculated on Israeli television that blood-thinning drugs administered over the past two weeks may have contributed to Wednesday's more severe stroke.
After several days in hospital last month
Palestinians have long suspected that
The Islamist Hamas said: "The whole region will be better off with him absent.
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