The hospital director Zeev Rotstein talks with journalists during a press conference at the Tel Hashomer hospital where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been housed in a comatose state for eight years on January 3, 2014 near the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Sharon's health deteriorated further, with his 'vital organs' failing said Rotstein. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli hospital treating Ariel Sharon says the former prime minister's medical condition remains critical.
Tel Hashomer hospital made the announcement in a short text message to reporters Saturday evening. "There was no significant change in Ariel Sharon's condition over the Sabbath, his condition continues to be critical and his life is in danger," it said.
Earlier this week the hospital said Sharon's health had deteriorated and several organs including his kidneys weren't' functioning properly.
The 85-year-old Sharon has been in a coma for eight years after a devastating stroke incapacitated him at the peak of his political power.
Sharon was one of Israel's most iconic and controversial figures.
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