Mubarak's health 'unstable' but he’s not dying

Dina Ezzat , Wednesday 13 Apr 2011

Ahram Online gets news from official sources that Mubarak's health has deteriorated but he’s not dying, as other news reports suggest

Former president Hosni Mubarak’s health is unstable, but he’s not dying, an official source says to Ahram Online.

The source said that the president, who was admitted into Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital yesterday after a minor heart attack set off by an interrogation, is still there and under close medical supervision, but that "he is not dying" as some news reports suggest.

Another source confirms that Mubarak is on the third floor of the hospital, which also has an intensive care unit.

Mubarak is under custody for 15 days pending questioning over financial and political corruption charges and allegations of instigating violence against the demonstrators of the January 25 Revolution.

An official source said that should the president pass away "and this is not something we are expecting in view of the development of his current health situation" he would not be given a military funeral.

Mubarak rose to power as a 6 of October war hero against Israel, but today that image is faded and stained amidst the allegations of corruption and rough-handedness of his political and military arms.

The former president will turn 83 this May and his overall health profile is frail. In 2004 Mubarak underwent a crucial back surgery in Munich and in 2010 it was announced that he would undergo gallbladder surgery, despite wide, but not fully-confirmed speculation that it was actually cancer.

Mubarak has suffered heart problems over the past few years and has been subject to hearing treatment.

The once air force pilot has enjoyed overall decent health, despite age and ailment, but he is said by sources who kept contact with him following his resignation on 11 February, to be depressed and losing considerable weight.

His sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are currently in the Tora jail for 15 days pending questioning over financial corruption and instigation against demonstrators during and beyond the 18-day revolt. Should their father pass away, the same source added, they would only be allowed out to attend the funeral.

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