REAL CLEAR ISRAEL: Former President Peres Able to Move Hands as Condition Slightly Improves After Stroke

According to the Jerusalem Post 

By ORIT BROWN AGAMI/MAARIV, JPOST.COM STAFF 09/19/2016 11:27

Peres able to move hands as condition slightly improves after stroke
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Sources close to the former president say he is able to respond to simple instructions from doctors.

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Doctors noted a slight improvement Monday in the condition of former president Shimon Peres, as the 93-year-old remained in serious but stable condition nearly a week after suffering a stroke.

Sources close to the senior Israeli statesman said that Peres had been able to respond to simple instructions from doctors on Sunday night, including moving both hands.

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His motor response may indicate to doctors that Peres hasn’t suffered left-side cerebral damage.

On Sunday, Sheba Medical Center doctors decided to gradually reduce Peres’s sedation while simultaneously trying to gradually wean him from his respirator.

Peres has remained in a medically induced coma as doctors evaluated the extent of damage from the hemorrhagic stroke which he suffered on Tuesday.

The week before the stroke, the nonagenarian underwent the placement of a cardiac pacemaker at the hospital and was discharged in good condition. He returned to the hospital for a checkup, but suddenly suffered a stroke.

It was unknown whether there was any connection between the insertion of the pacemaker – to ensure a regular heartbeat – and the stroke.

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