Mrs. Rivlin is sedated and intubated but her condition is considered to be stable following an “uneventful night,” said the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in a statement.
Mrs. Rivlin was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening due to ”severe shortness of breath that results from a cardiac situation,” said the hospital.
President Rivlin cut his visit to Canada short and returned to Israel Wednesday morning; he headed straight to the hospital to be at his wife’s side.
Mrs. Rivlin has for many years suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. In the past year, her condition deteriorated to the extent that she required an oxygen tank at all times.
Some three weeks ago, the first lady underwent a lung transplant surgery and is still recovering from the complex surgery in light of her other medical conditions, which make the recovery lengthy.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that he wishes Mrs. Rivlin “a swift recovery, along with all the people of Israel.”