Sycamore Ranch 311.
(photo credit: Benjamin Joffe-Walt / TML Photos)
Sheba Medical Center, which has been treating former prime minister Ariel Sharon – locked in a deep coma for nearly five years after a devastating hemorrhagic stroke – said on Thursday night that it had not been consulted about any transfer from its rehabilitation department to his ranch.
The Tel Hashomer hospital was reacting to a story on Wednesday in Yediot Aharonot claiming that Sharon’s two sons have decided to take him to the Negev ranch for a few days for a trial run to see if he can be maintained successfully at home and then later to transfer him permanently.
The hospital management said that during the past two years, after it
managed to stabilize his condition, it has been trying to arrange to
transfer Sharon to his home at the Sycamore Ranch in coordination with
the family. But these efforts have been “fruitless because the family
“Among other things, they were pleased with the
outstanding medical and nursing care he received in the department,” the
hospital management said.
The management added that it was
“surprised” by the article’s headline – “Arik Sharon is returning to the
ranch” – as such a transfer is so complicated medically and
logistically that it has to be carried out in coordination with the
hospital out of concern for the patient’s welfare.
has not received any practical request for advice or assistance to
transfer Sharon to the ranch for a short time or permanently, management
said. If this is indeed the family’s decision, the hospital staff
welcomes the decision in the belief that it would be better for
“Everybody’s Arik” to live out his life in the ranch surrounded by his
loved ones and in familiar surroundings that he loved, rather than in
his hospital room.
If asked about transferring Sharon, hospital
management concluded that it would do all that it could to help, in
consultation with experts on the necessary medical equipment and
training the doctors, nurses and technicians who will take it upon
themselves to look after him.