Prime minister’s powers passed to Acting PM Ehud Olmert Wednesday night, Jan. 4, after Ariel Sharon suffered a “significant” stroke. He is in emergency surgery to drain massive cerebral bleeding
January 4, 2006, 10:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
The operation will take several hours. Hospital dep. dir. Prof. Shmuel Shapira: the stroke occurred on his way to hospital and his condition deteriorated rapidly thereafter.
Sharon was suddenly rushed to Hadassah Ain Karem hospital in Jerusalem with chest pains from his ranch south of Beersheba the day before he was due to go into the same hospital for heart surgery. DEBKAfile’s sources report that the first impression of medical specialists is that the prime minister may have suffered internal hemorrhage as a result of the anti-coagulant shots administered twice a day in the three weeks since his first thrombosis. His condition is cause for concern.
Keep Sharon in your thoughts tonight – think positive.