Former Israeli President Shimon Peres remains in critical condition at an Israeli hospital following what has been described as a ''massive stroke.'' Diane Hodges reports.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres remains in critical condition 24 hours after suffering a massive stroke. That's according to the director of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, Yitshak Kreiss. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YITSHAK KREISS, DIRECTOR OF THE SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER, SAYING: "I can say that he is still in a critical condition, stable, but we can see some improvement." But he said Peres is still sedated and on a respirator. Earlier, Peres' son-in-law and personal physician said it was too soon to tell whether there would be lasting damage from the stroke. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Peres and praised the care he was receiving. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "There is hope, and there is also a prayer. And my prayer is stronger now after I saw the great medical care and the signs of hope." Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Israel's former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1994 for reaching an interim peace deal which never hardened into a lasting treaty. The 93-year-old former president and prime minister had maintained a busy public schedule over the past year, despite minor health problems.