Hagaon Harav Yosef Back on Respirator

YERUSHALAYIM -

Hagaon Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef, shlita, whose condition improved dramatically last week, was reported to have been re-connected to a respirator as of Sunday evening.

A spokesman for Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim said that the medical team treating Harav Yosef had decided to re-connect him to a respirator and return him to full sedation due to increased respiratory difficulties.

However, Professor Dan Gilon, the cardiologist who is treating the Rav, said the fact that the Rav was put back on a respirator does not indicate a significant deterioration in his condition, and he was in no immediate danger.

During the afternoon, Gilon had described the Rav as comfortable and breathing on his own, though his condition was still listed as serious. At the end of last week, after being taken off the respirator he was able to communicate with the people around him.

The public is asked to continue to pray for the recovery of Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Georgia.