Former Egyptian President Mubarak Clinically dead?
Former Egypt President Hosni Mubarak is said to be clinically dead. Egyptian state news agency reports Hossni Mubarak's heart has stopped beating and is not responding to defibrillation.
Earlier an Interior Ministry spokesman said that Hosni Mubarak has been moved from prison to a military hospital after reports he suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly worsened.
The spokesman Alaa Mahmoud says Mubarak was moved by ambulance from the hospital in Torah Prison to nearby Maadi Hospital in southern Cairo. The military facility is where Mubarak's predecessor Anwar Sadat was declared dead after being shot by Islamic extremists in 1981.
Earlier, the state news agency said Mubarak's health condition rapidly deteriorated, with his heart stopping briefly, and then suffering a stroke. It also reported that his doctors were giving him medications to break up blood clots.
State TV said Mubarak was in a "critical" condition and had been placed on a respirator. A defibrillator was used to restart Mubarak's heart after it stopped briefly.
The prison official also said doctors reported that the 84-year-old former president has fallen unconscious.
Mubarak was sentenced to a life in prison on June 2 for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's uprising against him. He was transferred to prison after spending months in a military facility in detention. Officials have since repeatedly reported his health was deteriorating.
Since his arrival at the prison directly after his sentencing, Mubarak has been suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties and deep depression, according to prison officials. His lawyer said he didn't trust the doctors and appealed for his transfer to a better equipped hospital.
- Asian Tribune –