Ex-Israel PM Sharon's health worsens: radio

Ex-Israel PM Sharon's health worsens: radio
Photo of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon taken in 2005

JERUSALEM - The health of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for nearly nine years, worsened on Wednesday, army radio said.

The 85-year-old, who is at the Tel Hashomer hospital in the city of Tel Aviv, was suffering from "serious kidney problems" after undergoing surgery, the radio said.

The long-time leader of the rightwing nationalist camp in Israeli politics suffered a massive stroke on January 4, 2006, slipping into a coma from which he has never recovered.

Israeli and US specialists said in January 2013 that Sharon had showed "significant brain activity" in an MRI scan, responding to pictures of his family seven years after the stroke.

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