Nearly five years after he suffered a near-fatal stroke, former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon may finally be returned from the hospital to be cared for at home, the AFP is reporting.
Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that necessary medical equipment had already been installed at Sycamore Ranch, Sharon's estate in southern Israel, and suggested the former prime minister, now 82, could be moved there "within days" per the request of his sons Omri and Gilad.
According to the BBC, doctors at Tel Aviv's Sheba Medical Center released a statement confirming that arrangements were being made to return Sharon home "for several holidays," where he will remain under the care of full-time medical staff hired by his family. "These attempts...will pave the way for his full return home to his family and the environment he loved so much," it added.
As for former premier's condition, long-time personal physician and friend Dr. Shlomo Segev notes Sharon remains in a vegetative state since his stroke in January 2006, but is stable overall. "He does have periods of sleep and in the daytime he opens his eyes," Segev told the BBC. "Sometimes the family believes there is recognition."