Egypt’s Mubarak in coma after stroke: sources
By Rizwan Khatik - Wed Jun 20, 6:09 am
CAIRO: Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was in a coma on life support at a Cairo hospital after suffering a stroke in prison, medical and military sources told AFP on Wednesday, denying reports he was clinically dead.
The uncertainty over the health of the ousted leader came against the backdrop of new tension in the country, with both candidates in a presidential vote claiming victory and the ruling military claiming sweeping new powers.
Mubarak “is not clinically dead,” a medical source told AFP. “He is in a coma and the doctors are trying to revive him.” He has been placed on an artificial respirator,” the source added, in an account that was confirmed by a member of Egypt’s ruling military council, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.
Egypt’s state television carried a ticker item saying Mubarak was in “a coma and is not clinically dead.”
But earlier, state news agency MENA said the ousted strongman, 84, had been declared clinically dead after suffering a stroke in prison and being transferred to hospital.
“Hosni Mubarak is clinically dead,” the official news agency reported.
“Medical sources told MENA his heart had stopped beating and did not respond to
A security source said Mubarak’s wife Suzanne was visiting him in hospital, and state television said an “official statement” on his health would be released “soon,” giving no further details.
Mubarak was taken to a Cairo prison on June 2, after a court handed down a life sentence against him over his involvement in the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising that pushed him from power.