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Sharon to undergo new neurological examination

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since a massive stroke last week, will undergo a further neurological evaluation on Friday, the Jerusalem hospital where he is being treated said.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 13:39 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since a massive stroke last week, will undergo a further neurological evaluation on Friday, the Jerusalem hospital where he is being treated said.

The 77-year-old prime minister and former General remains in a "serious but stable" condition, doctors at the Hadassah hospital said.

Israeli army radio cited medical sources as saying that the fact Sharon had not yet shown any sign of consciousness, despite a reduction of anaesthetics was a "cause of concern".

A brain scan that Sharon underwent on Thursday found no more traces of blood in his brain following the massive brain haemorrhage he suffered on January 4.

Chief neurosurgeon Felix Umansky has said he believes Sharon is now "out of danger", but warned that like any other coma patient, the Israeli leader was "not immune to infections".

"Little by little, he is giving us more signs that he is getting better but he will not wake up for the next day or two," he said on Thursday.

Doctors have removed a drainage tube from Sharon's skull and inserted an intravenous drip into his arm in a bid to further reduce the risk of infection.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 13:39 IST