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