Former president and prime minister Shimon Peres was this evening hospitalized in grave condition, after suffering a massive stroke.
At a brief press conference outside the hospital where Peres was fighting for his life, his son Chemi Peres asked Israelis to “pray for him” in “these difficult hours.” Chemi Peres said “difficult decisions” would have to be made in the next few hours.
Sources close to the Peres family said this night that the elder statesman’s life was “in danger” due to bleeding on the brain. The 93-year-old suffered what Channel 1 described as “a massive intracranial hemorrhage.”
Peres underwent two CT scans tonight that showed no change or improvement, and he was in serious condition.
Peres’s office said earlier he was taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, outside Tel Aviv, after feeling unwell. It initially said he was conscious and in stable condition, but later confirmed reports that he was sedated and on a respirator, saying his doctors had decided on this course of action as it made diagnosis and treatment more straightforward.
“Former president Peres’s doctors sedated and intubated him so as to best facilitate the continuation of his treatment,” his office said earlier, adding that he would undergo a CT scan “so as to get a full and updated assessment of his situation.”
Peres turned 93 on August 2.