Israel's ex-PM Sharon suffering multi-organ failure: hospital
JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is close to death as his health continues to decline, the head of the hospital treating him said on Friday.
Reviled by Arabs over his war record and viewed with a mix of respect and suspicion by many Israelis, 85-year-old Sharon has been on life support at the Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv for eight years.
His condition worsened sharply this week, with doctors reporting a life-threatening collapse of vital organs.
"It looks like the situation is not getting better, and we know what usually happens in such situations," Dr Zeev Rotstein told reporters on Friday.