x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Defibrillator used twice on ailing Mubarak

Doctors use defibrillator twice on ousted Egyptian president in the latest health crisis since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital.

CAIRO // Doctors used a defibrillator twice on Hosni Mubarak yesterday when they could not find a pulse, the latest health crisis for the ousted Egyptian president since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital nine days ago.

Mubarak, 84, was slipping in and out of consciousness and was being fed liquids intravenously. He also lost consciousness several times on Sunday.

Mubarak has been held in the intensive care ward of Torah prison hospital south of Cairo since he was convicted and sentenced on June 2 of failing to prevent the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him out of office in February last year.

His two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and businessman Alaa, were by his side. They are being held at the same prison awaiting trial on insider-trading charges.

Mubarak's wife, Suzanne, visited him on Sunday and demanded that he be transferred to a better-equipped hospital. Such a transfer is thought to be likely unless Mubarak's health improves.

After the court verdict it took officials hours to convince Mubarak to leave the helicopter that took him to the prison. The former president accused the military council of deceiving him. "Egypt has sold me out. They want me to die here," he said.

* Associated Press