Hospital: Comatose Former Prime Minister Takes a Turn For the Worse 1/1/14
JERUSALEM - The hospital that's treating Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') says the comatose former Israeli prime minister has taken a turn for the worse.
A hospital spokesman says Sharon's medical condition has "deteriorated in the past few days." He refused to elaborate.
Israel's Channel 10 TV reported that Sharon was suffering from kidney problems, and was in a life-threatening condition.
The 85-year-old has been in a coma, connected to a respirator, since January 2006, when a stroke incapacitated him at the height of his political power. His family has said that he sometimes opens his eyes and moves his fingers.