Shimon Peres’ Condition Irreversible, Family Asked To Come To Hospital So say Farewells
I-24 NEWS – Peres’ condition has deteriorated since suffering a stroke and internal bleeding nearly two weeks ago. The family of former Israeli President and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres’ were asked Tuesday to gather at the hospital to say their farewells, Israeli media reported, hours after doctors said that his condition had taken a turn for the worse.
Peres was hospitalized two weeks ago following a major stroke.
Doctors said Peres’ condition deteriorated drastically and that his neurological condition was ‘irreversible’ after suffering extensive cerebral bleeding following a stroke. Some media reported he suffered “massive organ failure.”
Peres, 93, has been sedated and on a respirator since he was hospitalized earlier this month, but doctors had expressed their intention to gradually reduce amount of anesthetic administered in an effort to have him breathe independently.
Although doctors were able to stop the hemorrhage, the former official’s condition had been described by doctors as ‘serious yet stable’, adding that Peres had regained “some consciousness” and responded to simple instructions.
Peres has held nearly every major office in Israel, serving twice as prime minister. He was president, a mostly ceremonial role, from 2007 to 2014.
He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in negotiating the Oslo Accords, which envisioned an independent Palestinian state.
The former hawk turned dove is widely respected both in Israel and abroad, regularly meeting world leaders and celebrities. Well wishes have been pouring in from around the world since his hospitalization.
Pope Francis wrote to Peres saying he had “prayed for strength for the family and for a full recovery.” Peres and the Pope last met two months ago when Peres visited the Vatican, while in 2014 they made a joint prayer for peace alongside Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Thursday he was hoping for a “swift and full recovery,” calling Peres “tireless in seeking peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Peres served a seven-year term as president, which he completed in 2014 and remains active through his Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews.
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