Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

JERUSALEM – Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, as he continued his life-threatening battle against the coronavirus.

Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.

Hadassah said late Tuesday that Erekat has been placed on an ECMO machine, which provides for the oxygenation of blood while preventing damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation. It said he was “stable” with “excellent oxygenation.”

It said doctors were consulting with experts around the world as they grappled with what they described as a complicated case due to Erekat’s history of health issues. The hospital said Erekat, who underwent a lung transplant in 2017, suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.

Erekat, 65, has been

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