Brain activity detected in MRI of Ariel Sharon ex Israeli PM

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After remaining in a vegetative state for seven years following a devastating stroke, former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has shown “significant signs” of brain activity, doctors have said.

Doctors at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center said that “significant brain activity was detected during tests” performed on 84-year-old Sharon.

This activity was detected during each of the MRI scans and in the “matching” areas of the brain, Ynetnews quoted doctors as saying.

While the latest development did not mean Sharon was likely to fully regain consciousness, doctors said the signs were “encouraging”.

Israeli media report the scan seeks to determine if Sharon?s condition can be improved. Hospital officials would not comment on that claim.

Sharon was admitted to the renowned Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem after suffering the massive stroke. He was moved to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and has remained there in serious but stable condition ever since.

Sharon was elected prime minister in 2001 and served until he suffered a stroke in 2006.

Source: Soroka Medical Center, Israel

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