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JERUSALEM (AP) – Ariel Sharon’s doctors held talks Wednesday with two specialists from a long-term care facility, a hospital spokeswoman said, but there was no word on whether he would be moved in the near future.

Sharon, who has been hospitalized in a coma since suffering a stroke on Jan. 4, remained in critical but stable condition, said Yael Bossem-Levy, a spokeswoman for Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

Although Sharon has responded to pain stimulus, he has shown no signs of waking up, even after being taken off sedatives last week.

Two intensive care specialists from Beit Levinstein, a long-term rehabilitation center in central Israel, participated in Wednesday’s meeting with Sharon’s doctors, Bossem-Levy said.

She did not say if this was an indication that Sharon would be moved to the facility. Israel Radio said there were no immediate plans to do so. The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted experts describing Sharon’s condition as a vegetative state, saying he could still wake up, but it might be weeks or months from now.

Hospital officials declined comment on the report.

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