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Ariel Sharon’s condition has deteriorated

July 24, 2006

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— The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January, has deteriorated though there was no immediate danger to his life, hospital officials and former aides said Sunday.

Sharon, 78, was having a problem with his kidneys at Sheba Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Tel Hashomer. Hospital officials also said brain checks had shown changes in Sharon's brain tissue, but gave no further details.

"Over the past two days, the condition of the former prime minister has deteriorated. His kidney function is worsening and he's amassing liquids in his body," the hospital said in a statement.

Two of Sharon's former aides, who said they spoke to his son Gilad, said there was no immediate danger to the former leader's life. The former aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

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