Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that Hadassah University Hospital director, Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef said on Saturday evening, that the latest scan of the brain of the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, performed on Saturday, revealed what was described as a "slight improvement", but the overall condition of Sharon remains critical.
Hadassah doctors are scheduled to meet on Sunday morning to decide when to rouse Sharon from his induced coma; until he regains consciousness, it will be impossible to determine the extent of brain damage.
Sharon was taken, on Saturday morning for a procedural CT scan to check for internal bleeding and examine intra-cranial pressure following surgical intervention the day before, Haaretz reported.
Following the CT scan, Sharon’s surgeon Dr. Jose Cohen told Channel 2 Saturday evening that the chances for survival are "very high".
Dr. Cohen described Sharon as "very strong," but said that it was very difficult to predict the extent of brain damage.
The improvement doctors noticed on the Sharon’s CT scan was thanks to a certain diminution of the edema that causes the intra-cranial pressure", Haaretz quoted Dr. Mor-Yosef stating.
Edema is an observable swelling from fluid accumulation in certain body tissues.
Prof. Mor-Yosef: Sharon’s condition remains unchanged; stable but serious
Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies, January 07, 2006, 16:52
Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Hadassah university Hospital, said that Sharon remained heavily sedated on Saturday on a respirator in the intensive care unit. Mor-Yosef described the condition of Sharon as stable, but still serious.
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that Sharon was taken for a procedural CT scan on Saturday morning, to check for internal bleeding and examine intra-cranial pressure following the surgical intervention.
Also, the Israel Radio reported on Saturday that the scan revealed no change in Sharon’s condition, and that the full scan results will be announced during an official press briefing by the spokesman for Hadassah 6 P.M. on Saturday.
On Friday evening, the spokesman for the hospital, director Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, said that a CT scan showed that there was no active bleeding in the brain and that intra-cranial pressure has returned to normal.
Mor-Yosef added that most of the blood clots in the prime minister’s brain have been drained.
Sharon in stable, but very serious condition
Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies – Friday, 06 January 2006, 18:20
Israeli online daily Haaretz reported that a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, said on Friday evening, after Sharon emerged from surgery that the Israeli Prime remained in serious but stable condition.
This surgery is the third in two days, Hadassah hospital director Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, said that Sharon was sent to CT scan after surgery and that the scan showed that there is no active bleeding in the brain, ad that the intra-cranial pressure has returned to normal.
The first operation Sharon underwent last for seven hours.
Mor-Yosef added that Sharon’s doctors are working to reposition the catheter in the brain, and that most of the blood clots in the prime minister’s brain have been drained.
"After the operation, we transferred the prime minister to the CT scan unit to determine the state of his brain," Mor-Yosef stated, "I can say that in comparison to his previous CT scans, there has been a substantial improvement in the way the brain looks to Hadassah neurology experts".
Sharon rushed to surgery as health deteriorates
Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies, 16:27
The medical condition of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has deteriorated quickly after he suffered further cranial bleeding on Friday. Doctors said Sharon might die within a few days or even hours.
Sharon is undergoing emergency surgery intended to relieve intra-cranial pressure. Outside experts said the prognosis was not good, Israeli online daily Haaretz reported.
Director General of Hadassah Hospital, Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, reported that blood pressure in Sharon’s cranium rose dangerously high, thus necessitating further surgery, Haaretz added.
According to Haaretz report, doctors have begun to speculate that Sharon may die within the next few days or even hours.
The increase in cranial pressure was discovered during a CT scan Sharon underwent in the morning.
Sharon’s brain scan also showed some bleeding, a slight expansion of one of his brain lobes and a rise in his blood pressure.
While Sharon is dying under surgery, dozens of extremist settlers in several West Bank areas, especially Hebron, expressed joy and celebrated the health deterioration of Sharon.
"This is a punishment from God", an extremist settler said, "God is punishing Sharon for expelling the Jews from the Gaza Strip".
Haaretz also quoted a doctor who is not on Sharon’s medical team, saying on Friday that he believes the surgical treatment Sharon is undergoing, includes draining the brain from the accumulation of fluids in an attempt to relieve the intra-cranial pressure.
The medical term for Sharon’s condition is severe hydrocephalus; this complication is to be expected, and is caused by the massive hemorrhage in Sharon’s brain.