Conflicting reports over Mubarak’s health: In coma or clinically dead
Reports were conflicting on Wednesday over the health of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with some sources said he was clinically dead, while others reported he was in coma.
AFP news agency said the former president was on life support at a Cairo hospital after suffering a stroke in prison.
It quoted a medical source as saying: “Mubarak "is not clinically dead. 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 news agency MENA had earlier reported that 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 defibrillation."
The report was carried on Egyptian state television, which ran archive footage of the former leader, with a news presenter saying "I want to affirm that the official news agency of the country, MENA, has announced it."
Mubarak had been 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.
His health deteriorated after the transfer, with doctors defibrillating him twice earlier this month, and reports saying he was suffering from bouts of depression, high blood pressure and shortness of breath.