Israel’s former leader Shimon Peres has been put in medically induced coma at a hospital near Tel Aviv after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate suffered a major stroke on Tuesday.
Officials at the Sheba Medical Center told reporters that the 93-year-old Peres “suffered from a major stroke” and experienced bleeding in the brain, prompting doctors to put him in induced coma.
The former president had undergone a battery of tests, and doctors plan to hold another assessment in a few hours, Reuters quoted Dr. Itzik Kreiss, director of the medical center, as saying.
“I remain optimistic. I believe, I pray and hope for the best, however this in not an easy time,” Peres’ son, Chemi, told reporters gathered outside the hospital.
“It seems we will have to make decisions going forward, though not at the moment.”
In a career spanning nearly seven decades, Peres served in a dozen cabinets and twice as a Labour Party prime minister.
He later served as president from 2007-2014, before leaving politics.
“Shimon, we love you and the entire nation is wishing for your recovery,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
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