Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital on Wednesday,
Egyptian military officials said, denying a report that the ousted
president was clinically dead.
Earlier the state news agency, amid high tension over the election
of a new president, quoted medical sources as saying the former
head of state was "clinically dead". That description was also
used to Reuters by a hospital source.
But several sources in the military and security services, which
retain control following the revolt, said Mubarak, 84, was being
kept alive and said they would not use the expression "clinically
dead" to describe his condition.
General Said Abbas, a member of the ruling military council,
told Reuters that Mubarak had suffered a stroke but added: "Any
talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense."
Another military source said: "He is completely unconscious. He is
using artificial respiration."
Another member of the military council, General Mamdouh Shaheen,
told CNN: "He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health
is deteriorating and he is in critical condition."
The state news agency MENA had earlier cited medical sources to
say that Mubarak was clinically dead after his heart stopped
beating and could not be revived. Later, however, the agency,
citing medical sources, said a medical team was still trying to
treat a blood clot in his brain.
Security sources said Mubarak was moved late on Tuesday from the
Tora prison, where he had been held since being sentenced on June
2 to life imprisonment, to the Maadi military hospital, also in
Mubarak's wife Suzanne has reportedly arrived at the hospital.
"We do understand from family sources that Hosni Mubarak is
improving," Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Cairo, said.
"We believe he is still in a coma."
"The state TV has now formally reported that he is in an intensive
care unit in Maadi military hospital," he said.