Doctors treating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for a massive stroke say a brain scan indicates there has been a very slight improvement, but that his condition is still serious and he is not out of danger.
The director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, Doctor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, told reporters on Saturday that a new scan of Mr. Sharon's brain indicates the tissue on the left side of his brain is normal. He said that until Mr. Sharon is gradually brought out of a medically induced coma, doctors will not know the extent of any brain damage.
Doctor Mor-Yosef said neurological experts will convene Sunday morning to discuss Mr. Sharon's treatment for the next 24 hours. They will decide at that time whether to begin bringing him out of the coma, which is intended to help his brain heal.
On Friday, Mr. Sharon underwent emergency surgery to stop renewed bleeding in his brain from the stroke he suffered on Wednesday.
Concerned Israelis are holding vigils and praying at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall for Mr. Sharon's recovery.