Arafat in Intensive Care

Arafat in intensive care due to sudden deterioration in health (Haaretz and Reuters)

The health of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat seriously deteriorated Wednesday night.
He was placed in an intensive-care unit at the French military hospital where he is being treated. Arafat was flown to France for treatment last Friday after his health worsened.

The sudden deterioration came a few hours after Leila Shahid, the Palestinians’ permanent envoy to Paris, reiterated that doctors carrying out tests on Arafat in the suburb of Clamart, southwest of Paris, had ruled out leukemia or any other form of cancer and said his health was improving. “We are happy that his health is getting better.” she said. “Now we have to continue the examinations to find the reason for his general fatigue and the weakness of his blood. But I think we are going in the right direction.”

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  1. McGehee says:

    And I thought Dan Rather was having trouble with the election results.

  2. Rodney Dill says:

    Here’s to the best health care in the World.
    (and I don’t mean France, Bwahahaha)