August 14, 2006

Former Israeli PM Sharon’s condition worsens

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Comatose former Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon has contracted double pneumonia and his
condition has deteriorated, the hospital treating him said on

A statement issued by the Chaim Sheba Medical Center near
Tel Aviv said doctors had "reported a deterioration in Sharon's
condition" and were treating him with antibiotics and steroids.

A scan showed the 78-year-old Sharon had double pneumonia
and a reduction in urine output, the hospital said.

He was admitted to the respiratory wing of the center's
rehabilitation hospital last May after being moved from
Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, where he had been treated since
suffering a brain hemorrhage on January 4 and falling into a

Sharon was first elected prime minister in 2001. The former
general held the post until last April when he was replaced by
Ehud Olmert, whose government took office in May.