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  • ** FILE ** Then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon smiles as he talks to journalists on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, before the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/ Emilio Morenatti)

    Israel's comatose Sharon shows brain activity

    Seven years after a massive stroke removed him from office and left him in a vegetative state, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is able to process information and has exhibited "robust activity" in his brain, according to doctors who conducted recent tests.

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  • Dr. Friedman said the two-hour procedure was among the first of its type to be conducted on someone who had suffered such a brain hemorrhage.

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  • "We were surprised to see such robust activity in his brain," said Dr. Alon Friedman, head of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. "The information is getting in and is getting processed. He hears what they are saying. To what extent he understands, we cannot say for sure ... but there are encouraging hints that he does."

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