Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Medical outlook for Sharon looks grim


The prognosis for Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not good.

American experts say the chances he'll fully recover from the cerebral hemorrhage he suffered today are slim.

Doctor Philip Steig of Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City says "The death rate from this kind of thing is high."

Steig says doctors will likely drill a hole in Sharon's skull to try to remove the blood, which will have formed a clot. He says it's important to ease the pressure.

If the bleeding is around the brain, or in a back area known as the cerebellum, experts say some kind of recovery may be possible. Blood from those areas can be more easily drained.

But Steig says the fact Sharon is on a respirator means it's extremely serious.