Cairo, June 6, 2012 (TSR) – Former president Hosni Mubarak’s health severely deteriorated Wednesday, his fifth day in Cairo’s Torah prison. Doctors had to use a respirator five times to help the deposed Egyptian leader breathe in the last few hours, according to security officials at his prison.
The prison called a medical team who specialized in cardiology to examine Mubarak. The doctors found him suffering from nervous shock, breathing problems, severe depression and high blood pressure.
Official sources as saying in anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, that a transfer to a military hospital was being considered.
Mubarak, 84, was put in prison Saturday after the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced him to a life imprisonment for charges of complicity in killing protestors, but he and his two sons — one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa — were acquitted of corruption charges. The sons are also being held in Torah, awaiting a separate trial on charges of insider trading.
Early in February last year, the 84-year-old former head-of-state is in a “severe psychological condition and is declining treatment, despite his illness,” but not in a coma, the pro-government Al-Gomhuria daily said, citing sources close to Mubarak. He was admitted in the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. In 2010, he traveled to Germany for gall bladder surgery.