Updated on September 14 at 8:20 a.m. ET
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is in “critical but stable” condition after suffering a stroke Tuesday, his doctor said Wednesday.
Raphy Walden, who is Peres’s personal physician as well as his son in law, said “there was no imminent threat to” the former president’s life. Peres’s chances of survival, Valden said, are “pretty good.”
“I talked to him and asked him to press my hand, and he did so vigorously, and we are definitely convinced that he is awake and listening and reacting,” Valden told reporters gathered at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer.
That diagnosis is a dramatic turnaround from Tuesday when it was reported that the 93-year-old former president suffered extensive inter-cranial bleeding following a stroke, and his son spoke of making “certain decisions.”
Updated on September 13 at 4:05 p.m.
NEWS BRIEF Shimon Peres, the former Israeli president, suffered a stroke with significant bleeding and was taken to hospital where he was sedated, the director of the hospital where he is being treated told reporters.
1st official update on Shimon Peres medical condition: "Peres underwent stroke with significant bleeding... currently sedated"— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) September 13, 2016
BREAKING: Hospital director: Israel's Peres suffered stroke 'with lots of bleeding'— The Associated Press (@AP) September 13, 2016
Chemi Peres, Peres’s son, told reporters: “This is a difficult time. We will have to make certain decisions.”