Ariel Sharon moved to ranch first time since coma

Ariel Sharon was moved to his ranch for the first time since he fell into a coma in January 2006.

The former Israeli prime minister will spend the weekend at the ranch in the Negev desert, aides said of his move Friday.

Next week, he will return to the Tel Aviv hospital where he has been since he suffered a massive stroke while prime minister.

He will return to the ranch in upcoming weekends to test the possibility of moving back to his home permanently.

More on this story from these sources:

New York Times: In Coma, Ariel Sharon Is Moved Home
Ha’aaretz: Comatose ex-PM Ariel Sharon about to return home

Ariel Sharon going home

Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for nearly five years, is expected to be moved from an Israeli hospital to his Negev ranch.

The former Israeli prime minister, 82, who suffered a stroke on Jan. 6, 2006 that left him comatose, will be moved within the next few weeks from the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Tel Aviv to his home for a trial period, Yediot Achronot reported Wednesday.

If the trial is successful, Sharon reportedly will be taken back permanently to the ranch, which has been equipped with the necessary medical equipment and access to his second-floor bedroom, the newspaper reported.

Sharon’s sons, Gilad and Omri, reportedly requested the move.

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