Experts consult on Sharon's treatment

Experts on treatment of neurological ailments visited comatose Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's hospital to consult on his treatment, his hospital said Thursday, in advance of a decision about moving him to a long-term care facility.

A TV station reported that Sharon would undergo another operation next week, and then he would be moved to a long-term care facility. Hadassah Hospital spokeswoman Yael Bossem-Levy said no decision has been made either about the surgery or about Sharon's transfer.

Sharon suffered a massive stroke on Jan. 4 and has not regained consciousness. The statement said the heads of neurology departments from two Tel Aviv hospitals were brought in Wednesday to consult with doctors handling Sharon's case about future treatment.

Channel 2 TV said the operation, Sharon's eighth since he was hospitalized, would be necessary to allow his transfer to another facility. It said the operation would be brain surgery but gave no other details.

The report said doctors prefer to treat Sharon in the long-term care section of Tel Hashomer Hospital next to Tel Aviv, but his sons might prefer to move him to his home, a ranch in southern Israel.

That would require the constant presence of nurses and at least one doctor, the report said, as well as specialized medical equipment, reports AP.


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