Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was taken back to his home on the Sycamore Farm in the Negev on Friday morning, for the first time since he fell comatose from a stroke five years ago.
The Knesset Finance Committee earlier this week approved NIS 1.6 million annual funding for Sharon’s treatment. A Finance Ministry representative told the committee that this is the sum it transfers to the Health Ministry each year for that purpose.
Preparations have been made by Sharon’s family over the course of this week to discharge him from the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.
The hospital said it would continue to assist the family by explaining what type of equipment is necessary, instructing nursing and para-professional medical staff on home treatment, and in medical aspects of the former premier’s care after he goes home.