Egypt's ailing former President Hosni Mubarak is slipping in and out of a coma and his morale has plunged after news of Mohammed Morsi's victory in the presidential polls, officials told AFP on Wednesday.
“The former president has been greatly affected by the news of Morsi's presidential victory,” one of the officials at a Cairo military hospital where Mubarak was transferred last week told the French news agency.
“According to medical reports, Mubarak's morale has worsened. He is in depression and slips in and out of coma,” the official added. “His medical team is carrying out all sorts of tests on his brain and heart.”
Last week, Mubarak was moved from jail, where he is serving a life sentence, to a military hospital in Cairo amid uncertainty over his health. State-run media reported that Mubarak was declared clinically dead, but a government security official subsequently corrected the report, telling reporters the former president was not dead and had been placed on life support.
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 deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him from power.
Before he was moved from the prison, Mubarak’s condition deteriorated. He was suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with deep depression. Doctors several times used a defibrillator on him after they could not find a pulse.