Is­rael’s Peres hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter stroke, bleed­ing in the brain

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

For­mer Israeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres suf­fered a “ma­jor stroke” on Tues­day and ex­pe­ri­enced heavy bleed­ing in the brain, a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial said, as doc­tors raced to sta­bi­lize the 93-year-old No­bel lau­re­ate.

Dr. Itzik Kreiss, di­rec­tor of the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter, told re­porters out­side the hos­pi­tal near Tel Aviv that Peres ex­pe­ri­enced “lots of bleed­ing” as a re­sult of the stroke. He said he had un­der­gone a bat­tery of tests, and that doc­tors planned to hold an­other as­sess­ment in a few hours.

Stand­ing along­side Kreiss, Peres’ son Chemi said the sit­u­a­tion was “not sim­ple,” but that the fam­ily was try­ing to stay pos­i­tive.

He thanked the Israeli pub­lic for of­fer­ing its sup­port and prayers.

Peres is the el­der states­man of Israeli pol­i­tics and the last sur­viv­ing link to the coun­try’s found­ing fa­thers. Over a seven-decade ca­reer, he held vir­tu­ally every se­nior political of­fice in Is­rael.

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