Conflicting reports surfaced today about the state of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with some news outlets saying he had been declared “clinically dead,” CNN reports.
Mubarak suffered a stroke and cardiac arrest earlier in the day and was brought to a military hospital in Cairo, the story reports. “The state-run Middle East News Agency, citing medical sources, said he was declared clinically dead shortly after arriving,” CNN reported.
The report adds: “But Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN, ‘He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition.’"
An earlier statement from Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the Egyptian prosecutor, said: "We were informed by prison authority that Mubarak’s heart has stopped and they used electric shocks and CPR to resurrect him. He is now on an artificial respirator and doctors from the armed forces and International Medical Center will inspect him."
Mubarak received a life sentence June 2 for the deaths of pro-democracy demonstrators in 2011. He was already struggling with health issues and appeared in court on a gurney, the story notes.
The CNN story adds: “His health has been reported to be in decline since he was ousted as president of Egypt in February 2011. On June 11, a prosecutor’s spokesman said Mubarak’s health deteriorated after the verdict, and that defibrillators had been used several times to revive him ‘due to heart complications.’"