Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
JERUSALEM – Doctors for Ariel Sharon, in releasing selected medical information this week, told reporters the Israeli prime minister, who suffered a mild stroke last week, is “in good health.” Sharon will also undergo a minor heart procedure next month.
Stroke experts, however, said that some of the information the doctors presented is “contradictory.” They say not enough is currently known about Sharon’s medical condition to independently determine whether the prime minister is fit to govern.
At a press conference held at Sharon’s direction, chief doctors for the Israeli leader said that for a “very brief time” Sharon was unable to make decisions after being rushed to the hospital last Sunday, and had difficulty speaking, but that by the next day he was “fine” and able to “fully serve as prime minister.”
Doctors said they discovered this week that Sharon has a microscopic hole in his heart that requires a catheterization procedure. The procedure takes about 40 minutes and requires partial sedation.
The doctors said the heart condition, which Sharon has had since birth, caused a clog that prompted last week’s stroke. They said Sharon is currently being injected twice daily with blood thinners.
Doctors insisted that Sharon’s stroke did not cause any permanent damage and that he is physically fit to continue serving as prime minister.
“There is no injury to the brain,” attending physician Tamir Ben-Hur, chief of neurology at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital, said. “The prime minister is in exactly the same state now as he was the day before he was hospitalized.”
Doctors did not release past medical files or the results of CAT scans or imaging tests from last week that would show whether Sharon suffered permanent damage. Reporters at the press conference were barred from taking photographs or videotaping documents.
Meanwhile, some leading stroke experts in the U.S. said they are skeptical of the announcements regarding Sharon’s ability to return to his hectic schedule.
Jonathan Leiff, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist and co-director of geriatrics specialty services at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, said, “If Sharon was only suffering from symptoms such as loss of speech for such a brief time, I would not term that a stroke. A stroke is much more serious and presents symptoms for a longer period.
“What they are describing is more of an angiosciatic attack, which would be from a temporarily blocked blood vessel.
“But they are saying he did have a stroke, which implies something more serious. If it is indeed more serious, this would mean there is more to the story. More information that is not public,” said Lieff, who previously served as president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Richard Zorowitz, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania, said that based on the information currently made public it is not possible to conclude anything concrete about Sharon’s condition.
The information presented by Sharon’s doctors – that there was a period in which the Israeli leader was unable to make decisions – was in conflictwith statements from senior aides immediately following Sharon’s stroke, who said Sharon was fully conscious during his entire hospitalization and was able to make decisions as head of state throughout his hospital stay.
According to a report on Israel’s state-run Channel 10, Sharon’s doctors today failed to disclose the prime minister is suffering from vision problems and is nearly blind in his left eye.
The doctors did note that the 77-year-old Sharon weighs 254 pounds, extremely overweight for his age and height.
Members of Sharon’s treatment team at Hadassah hospital, speaking confidentially to the Israeli media last week, reportedly said when Sharon departed the hospital he was still not at full capacity.
The Israeli daily Maariv quoted a team member as saying, “The prime minister did not know what day it was, what time is was or where he was. [The hospital officials] are not obligated to disclose everything, but to give inaccurate information is already taking a position and is very problematic. Throughout the first night of his hospitalization the confusion continued, to a lesser extent, and Sharon has not returned to himself completely.”
About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
A platform camera on the Jerusalem Light Rail caught the attack on camera from another angle.
Freedom of speech does not protect “falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater.” – U.S. Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1919.
Arab stone throwers broke more windows on the Jerusalem Light Rail.
Residents of Jerusalem’s Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood, who have been under regular attack by Arab rioters, filmed a police car running away from an Arab mob last night in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
Launching fireworks at police, civilians and homes has turned into the weapon of choice for Jerusalem Arabs in their latest round of rioting.
Hamas test launched 2 rockets this morning.
Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent rants against Israel stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.
On Saturday, fighting between the Lebanon Army and ISIS-affiliated terrorists in the Lebanese city of Tripoli left at least 14 dead and dozens wounded.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman (L) speaks with Israel’s Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new Synagogue in the community of Nokdim in Eastern Gush Etzion, on October 23, 2014. Nokdim is Liberman’s home town. This is what we think they spoke about.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency Saturday after terrorists carried out a deadly assault in the northern Sinai, killing 33 Egyptian troops. Al-Sisi charged that “this operation had a foreign fund to execute” he attack against the Egyptian army… to break the back of Egypt and Egyptians.” A car bomb […]
Arab youth are trying to spark a widespread intifada but so far have failed.
Jewish headstones and monuments were smashed, broken and knocked over. Firebombs were thrown into the cemetery.
The Galil Medical Center has treated 408 wounded Syrians to date.
At least 14 people have been killed in Tripoli battles.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/specialists-question-sharon-prognosis/2005/12/28/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: