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Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon's 'vital organs' failing: hospital

Published on Jan 2, 2014 6:53 PM

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Israeli former prime minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated further on Thursday, with his "vital organs" failing, the hospital where he has been housed in a comatose state for eight years announced.

"In the last few days, we have seen a gradual decline in the functioning of Ariel Sharon's vital organs, which are essential for his survival," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein told Israeli public radio.

"His state is classed as critical, meaning his life is in danger," Mr Rotstein said.

"The medical staff and Sharon's family are expecting a turn for the worse," he added.

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