Sharon ‘hospital pic’ on sale
12/02/2006 21:59 – (SA)
Jerusalem – A photograph allegedly showing the ailing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon in a Jerusalem hospital bed is being offered for sale for a massive $18 000 (about R110 340) on the internet auction site, eBay.
The blurry photograph shows someone lying in a hospital bed with his face digitally distorted, with the seller promising the winner “exclusive rights” to the original photo picture.
Israeli public television said later the photograph was obviously a fake, in particular as the room shown was not the one in which Sharon was being treated.
The unnamed seller claims to be a delivery boy working for a Jerusalem florist who took the picture with the camera on his cellphone.
“Last Friday, I was asked to bring flowers to Hadassah Hospital,” the seller claimed, saying he snapped a picture after being shown into the seventh-floor room where the prime minister was lying.
40 days in a coma
So far, no bids have been made for the photograph, and the auction is due to expire on Wednesday.
Sharon remained critically ill in Jerusalem’s Hadassa Hospital on Sunday, a day after undergoing emergency surgery to remove part of his intestines as he entered his 40th day in a coma.
The 77-year-old was taken to hospital on January 4 after having a massive stroke and has been comatose since then.
Doctors have been trying to gradually bring him out of the coma.