Image: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
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A new scan showed a deterioration in former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain function, his urine output has decreased significantly and a chest scan showed that he has a new infection in his lungs.
updated 8/14/2006 3:34:25 PM ET 2006-08-14T19:34:25

Ariel Sharon’s condition has deteriorated, the hospital where the ailing former Israeli prime minister is being treated announced Monday.

A new scan showed a deterioration in his brain function, his urine output has decreased significantly and a chest scan showed that he has a new infection in his lungs, according to Anat Dolev, spokeswoman for the Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

Dolev wouldn’t say whether Sharon’s life was in danger, but said doctors were treating him with broad-spectrum antibiotics and steroids.

Sharon, 78, has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke Jan. 4. He underwent several extensive brain surgeries to stop cerebral hemorrhaging, in addition to more minor procedures.

After spending months in the hospital where he was initially treated, Sharon was transferred to the long-term care facility at Sheba hospital in May.

Sharon was rushed into intensive care July 26 to undergo dialysis because his kidneys were failing. Hospital officials said they also noticed changes in his brain membrane.

In December, Sharon had a small stroke. He was put on blood thinners and then suffered the severe brain hemorrhage in January.

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