Three days after his ouster, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was reportedly in very bad health conditions and slipped into a coma.
“Mubarak, who is currently in Sharm el-Sheikh, is suffering from physical health problems and psychological distress,” reported Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper on its English-language website on Monday, February 14, citing unnamed informed sources.
According to the paper, the 82-year-old Mubarak “is refusing to take medication or be examined by physicians.”
The daily also claimed that the aging leader slipped into a coma.
Mubarak, who had ruled the country since 1981, handed over power to the military on Friday, after 18 days of widespread demonstrations against his regime.
With several rumors being circulated about his whereabouts, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said Sunday that he believed Mubarak is currently at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Mubarak underwent a successful surgery in March 2010 at a German clinic for an inflamed gall bladder.
Since then, doubts increased over the former president's health.
“Mubarak is receiving treatment at his residence in the resort town,” the newspaper said.
“It has not yet been decided whether he should be transported to a hospital, either in Egypt or abroad.”
Egypt's ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry confirmed the news saying that Mubarak may be in "bad health”.
Speaking Monday to NBC's "Today" program, Shoukry said he had received information that Mubarak was "possibly in somewhat of bad health."
Yet, he could not be more specific.
A state newspaper on Monday admitted that Mubarak was in delicate health, but denied that the aging leader was in a coma.
Mubarak 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.
The reports came after Mubarak’s sons reportedly quarreled over the reasons behind the father’s downfall.
“You ruined the country when you opened the way for your friends. Here is the result,” Mubarak’s older son Alaa was quoted by Al-Akhbar daily as telling his younger brother Gamal.
"Instead of your father being honored at the end of his life, you helped damage his image."
The paper said the confrontation which took place at the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday, when Mubarak delegated his powers to his vie-president before resigning the following day.
Sources also told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Mubarak and Gamal had an angry argument in which Mubarak told his son, "You got me into this, you and your mother. You have ruined my history in Egypt."
Gamal, 47, was widely believed to be groomed by the Egyptian regime to succeed his father.
He gained great influence in government after he was appointed head of the ruling party’s policies committee in 2002.
Gamal opened the door for businessmen to hold key positions in the government of Ahmed Nazif, whom Mubarak fired several days after the riots sparked on January 25. http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/451025-mubarak-in-bad-health-in-coma-sources.html