Hosni Mubarak “Clinically Dead,” Now “Still Alive”

Yahoo News reports on the conflicting accounts of Hosni Mubarak’s “death.”

Multiple sources have told Al-Jazeera that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak suffered a stroke and is on an artificial respirator, but that he is not “clinically dead,” as previous reports had claimed. Reuters and the Associated Press also cite sources saying the deposed president is on life support.

According to Al-Jazeera’s Mike Hanna: “We do understand from family sources that Hosni Mubarak is improving. We believe he is still in a coma.”

Earlier, the state-run news agency MENA reported that Mubarak had been declared clinically dead upon arriving at a military hospital on Tuesday evening. “Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond,” the MENA release stated.

However, senior officials, including military leaders, have now contradicted that earlier report. Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, reportedly told CNN that Mubarak “is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition.”

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