Doctors: Sharon in organ failure, condition deteriorating

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in multiple organ failure and his condition has deteriorated seriously.

Sharon’s condition has been classified as critical, Tel Aviv’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center Director Zeev Rotstein confirmed to reporters on Thursday. “His life is definitely in danger,” Rotstein said. He said that the condition of Sharon, 85, who has been in a coma-like state since he had a major stroke in January 2006, has been deteriorating for a while and that now “he has taken a turn for the worse.”

Sharon’s family reportedly has been with him.

The Israeli leader reportedly has been in renal failure for several days and is not receiving dialysis due to his age and condition.

Israeli media are reporting that Sharon has only days to live.

Sharon has been in a state classified as “minimal consciousness” since his massive stroke. Tests conducted one year ago at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba showed that Sharon has significant brain activity, despite being presumed to be in a vegetative state.