Monday, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon doctors stated that he is showing “significant brain activity” after being in a coma for seven years; Ariel Sharon suffered a brain hemorrhage and slipped into a coma in 2006. The doctors conducted tests a few days ago by showing photos of his family to Sharon and asked his son to speak to him. The doctors were surprised when Sharon began to show brain activity after so many years of showing no response.
Sharon, 84, is a former army officer and prime minister of Israel. He suffered a stroke in 2006 and was declared “permanently incapacitated” by his doctors, and most of them assumed he would never wake up or respond to any stimuli.
Ariel Sharon is currently at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. Medical researchers from Israel and the United States developed the tests specifically for Sharon to assess his level of consciousness. The scientists stated that the results brought "some encouraging signs," but they were "subtle and not as strong" as they would have liked.
Dr. Ilan Shalef is the head of medical imaging at Soroka University Medical Center and he spoke to CNN Monday:
Some people in vegetative states respond on a metabolic level, but cannot respond in a way that people can see.
He's been in a very bad situation for years. But it is a comfort to his family that, on some level, they are getting through to him.
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