Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres suffered a serious stroke and was put into an induced coma by doctors in a hospital near Tel Aviv, and he is currently breathing with the aid of a respirator.
Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv confirmed that Peres has been placed in an induced coma, Today reported.
Peres was rushed to a hospital in Tel Aviv after experiencing chest pains and an abnormal heartbeat and severe bleeding.
Officials at the hospital have described his condition as serious and added that he has been placed in the medically induced coma in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
In January, Peres was taken to hospital over chest pains a week after being treated for a heart attack.
Shimon Peres has held numerous official positions during his seven decades of political life. He has served as the Israeli president (2007-2014) and as the premier and military chief.
Under Peres, nearly 4,000 Palestinian lives were lost during two wars launched by the Israel between 2007 and 2014.
In the second war, which began on July 8, 2014 and ended on August 26, some 11,100 people, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women, and 410 elderly, were also injured.