Israel's Shimon Peres in Serious Condition After Stroke

Casey Mills
September 23, 2016

Former president and Nobel Peace Prize victor Shimon Peres, the last of Israel's founding fathers, suffered from a stroke but is breathing with the aid of a respirator in intensive care.

Peres was taken to the hospital Tuesday after what Kreiss described as a stroke involving "a component of bleeding".

"These are not easy hours for me or my family", he said.

FILE - In this November 2, 2015 file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem.

The dosage of Peres' sedation has been reduced, and he has "responded very well", Dr. Rafi Valden, Peres' son-in-law and personal physician, told reporters at the same news conference.

"After 24 hours of intensive treatment, I can say that although he is still in serious condition, he is stable and there is an improvement", said Yitzik Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center. It was the first peace agreement between the two principal parties to the conflict: Israelis and Palestinians.

Doctors were seeking to reduce Mr Peres' sedation to evaluate him, he added, calling it "a good sign".

Peres is being kept sedated so that he does not overexert himself, said Walden, a surgeon.

Peres has held almost every major office in the country, including prime minister twice and president, a mostly ceremonial post, from 2007 to 2014.

Long a divisive personality in Israeli politics, Peres finally became one of Israel's most popular public figures in his later years. In the video, he appears tired but is otherwise alert and coherent.

Former president Shimon Peres speaks to the media upon his release from Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on January 19, 2016, Peres was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning after having suffered a minor heart attack last week and was hospitalized for 5 days. A pacemaker had been implanted in Peres a week prior.

Mr Peres has held nearly every major political office since Israel was founded in 1948, and was the architect of Israel's secret nuclear programme.

"We understand the concern, we understand that people are interested in his situation and we promise to keep you updated as much as we can", he said.

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin said that he sends "heartfelt prayers of recovery to my friend Shimon Peres, Israel's 9 President".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who defeated Mr Peres in 1996 to become prime minister, personally called the hospital to inquire on Mr Peres' condition and posted a Facebook message wishing him a speedy recovery. His son, Hemi Peres, said the family has been overwhelmed with the love and affection it has received from Israel and around the world.

"We are still in a battle and it is the beginning of the battle", he told Israel's Army Radio.

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