Photo: Channel 2
Ariel Sharon addresses reporters prior to leaving Hadassah hospital
Photo: Channel 2
Photo: Channel 2
Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem
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Sharon released from hospital
(VIDEO) PM says upon his release from Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being treated for mild stroke he suffered Sunday evening, 'I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for their concern over my health condition; now it’s time to get back to work' PM then phones Netanyahu phoned MK Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on Likud primaries victory
(VIDEO) "I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for their concern over my health condition; now it’s time to get back to work," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said upon his release from Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being treated for a mild stroke he suffered Sunday evening.


In the next few days he is expected to rest at his official Jerusalem residence and not to return to his office.



Sharon released from hospital (Footage: Channel 2)


Upon his release, Sharon asked to thank the hospital staff for the devoted treatment he received.


"A hospital is not an enjoyable place, but I spent two nice days here," he said in his first public appearance since the stroke. 


To the reporters Sharon said that "I see that you have missed me. I was excited to see the Israeli citizens' concern over my health condition, and I wish to thank them from the bottom of my heart."


“The stroke will not affect my performance,” the prime minister added. "I have to hurry back to work."


Sharon then phoned MK Benjamin Netanyahu and congratulated him on winning the Likud primaries. He thanked Netanyahu for his speedy recovery wishes.


Sharon also called Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and thanked him for expressing concern over his health condition.


The prime minister was rushed to the hospital on Sunday evening after showing signs of confused speech. Doctors said he suffered a mild stroke that left no damage, and that he was unlikely to have another one.


Earlier, the prime minister received a security review from his military secretary. He left his bed and sat on a chair. Aides who spoke to him said that he was feeling well.


'Nothing unusual found in tests'


Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization, said Tuesday morning "I am not concerned that the prime minister's stroke will affect his functioning. We did not find anything unusual in the test."


Sharon underwent a series of tests in the morning and will be receiving medication for blood dilution.


Sharon leaving the hospital (Photo: Gil Yochanan)


Mor-Yosef added that any person who suffers from a stroke is recommended to slow down and lose weight.


"Naturally, the prime minister works at a high pace. In the condition that he left the hospital he can meet the demands. We recommended that he gradually return to work," the professor said.


Regarding the security arrangement during Sharon's hospitalization, Mor-Yosef said that "the security guard were considerate and did not limit any employee."


He added that the members of staff who treated the prime minister asked to pose for a photograph with him and "felt honored to treat him."


In the meantime, a poll published Tuesday by Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and Dr. Mina Tzemach showed that 91 percent of those eligible to vote in the upcoming elections will not be influenced by Sharon's stroke.


Only 9 percent of those surveyed said Sharon’s hospitalization would influence the way they vote on March 28.


Respondents were split when asked whether Sharon must disclose his medical file, with 46 percent saying he is not obligated to reveal the file, while 52 percent said the public must be made aware of the prime minister’s medical condition.


Ronny Sofer, Efrat Weiss and news agencies contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 12.20.05, 12:04
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