Report: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may soon be disconnected from respirator

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's breathing is improving and may soon be disconnected from a respirator, an Israeli daily reported Friday.

Sharon has been unconscious at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital since suffering a devastating stroke on Jan. 4. He has shown little progress after undergoing three brain operations, and outside experts say his failure to regain consciousness bodes poorly for his recovery prospects.

The Yediot Ahronot newspaper quoted unidentified doctors at Hadassah as saying Sharon's condition has slightly improved and that he may no longer need the respirator, the AP reports. Hadassah spokesman Ron Krumer declined comment on the report. Sharon remained in critical but stable condition Friday.

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