(JTA) Ariel Sharon was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after suffering what doctors described as a "significant stroke."

The Israeli prime minister was reported to be in surgery after cranial bleeding was detected, and Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took over Sharon’s powers. This was Sharon's second stroke in several weeks, though the first one was reported to be minor.

The new stroke came just hours before Sharon was to be operated on to repair a congenital heart defect that was believed to have contributed to the Dec. 18 stroke.

Further updates at the Jerusalem Post.


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