Mubarak Critical: Survives in 'Coma' On Life Support

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Mubarak Critical: Survives in 'Coma' On Life Support

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A security official says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital.

Conflicting reports on Tuesday evening reported that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was either dead or simply 'unconscious' after his heart stopped beating after he suffered a stroke in prison. 

Reports Tuesday night from state news agency MENA, however, said that Mubarak was pronounced "clinically dead" by security officials, though he has subsequently been put on life support. An official statement has not yet been released.

The report says Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for complicity to commit murder in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that overthrew him last year, had a heart defibrillator used on him several times but details on his current condition were not specific.

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Associated Press:

A security official says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital.

The state news agency MENA said the 84-year-old Mubarak was "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital from prison. It said doctors used a defibrillator on his several times.

MENA initially said the efforts were not successful.

But the official said Mubarak was put on life support. He had no further details on his condition. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

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Al-Jazeera adds:

There are conflicting reports over Hosni Mubarak's death with no official statement yet, but Egyptian medical sources and state news agency say deposed Egyptian president is "clinically dead".

According to an interior ministry spokesman, he suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly worsened on Tuesday.

He has been revived and is on a respirator after he suffered stroke, sources in the interior ministry and from his family said.

The spokesman, Alaa Mahmoud, said late on Tuesday that Mubarak, 84, was moved by ambulance from the hospital in Torah Prison to nearby Maadi Hospital in southern Cairo.

State TV earlier said Mubarak was in a "critical" condition and had been placed on a respirator.

The prison official said doctors reported that he had fallen unconscious.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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