(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Brain scans performed on former prime minister Ariel Sharon last week suggested
there was a chance for some improvement in his condition, an aide to the former
prime minister told AFP on Friday. Sharon has been comatose since he suffered a
stroke seven years ago.
Ra’anan Gissin said that Sharon underwent MRI
scans at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba on Thursday.
test was routine, but the results not entirely so,” Gissin told AFP. “There was
some kind of positive indication.”
He did not offer any further
details.In October 2011
, Gilad Sharon told The New York Times that his
father was “responsive and gaining weight.”
“When he is awake, he looks
at me and moves his fingers when I ask him to,” Gilad Sharon told the Times. “I
am sure he hears me.”
Ariel Sharon, 84, has been in a coma since his
second stroke in January 2006, just a month after his first stroke.
Sharon said that doctors encouraged him and his brother, former MK Omri Sharon,
to let their father die after his second stroke. They refused, with Gilad
stating that he dreamed that the medical staff would tell him there is no hope
for his father, “but he stared at me with this look, with those green-gray eyes
of his, and I knew I would never give up, and that I simply would not leave
him.”Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.