Doctor treating Peres says he is conscious

Doctor treating Peres says he is conscious

Ayelet Frisch said that he was stable and fully conscious.

The Israeli media reported that the president had two CT scans on Tuesday night that showed no change or improvement.

Shimon Peres, the Israeli former prime minister and president who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with the Palestinians, suffered a stroke and was hospitalised on Tuesday, his office said.

Peres successfully underwent minor surgery at Tel HaShomer Hospital in January.

He was sedated and on a respirator in the intensive care unit, Kreis said.

Dr. Itzik Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center, told reporters outside the hospital near Tel Aviv that Peres experienced "lots of bleeding" as a result of the stroke.

When leaving hospital after his heart treatment in January, then 92-year-old Peres told reporters he was "so happy to return to work, that was the whole goal of this operation".

The son of Shimon Peres confirmed Tuesday night that his father was in grave condition after suffering a stroke, asked for prayers on his behalf, and said the coming few hours would be critical.

Further details about Peres' hospitalization weren't immediately available.

The last of Israel's founding fathers, Peres has held almost every major office in the country, including prime minister twice and president from 2007-2014.

Mr Peres later served as president of Israel, a more ceremonial post, from 2007-2014.

The doctor had successfully implanted a pacemaker for Peres a week ago.

Peres, serving as Israel's foreign minister in 1994, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"Shimon, we love you and the whole country wishes you a speedy recovery", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

Peres, who served as Israel's defense minister in the late 1950s and 1960s, also founded its nuclear reactor at Dimona, according to Haaretz.

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