Reports Say Mubarak's Health Gravely Deteriorated Since Stepping Down

Ousted Egyptian president is reported to be in serious condition and suffering from depression, some reports indicate he fell into a coma on Saturday.

According to recent reports in the Arab media, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's medical condition has seriously deteriorated and the 82-year-old has been rumored to be in a coma or even close to death.

On Sunday, the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm reported that Mubarak fell into a coma on Saturday, following his final speech in which he handed over his authority to former Vice-President Omar Suleiman.

mubarak - Reuters - February 10 2011

On Tuesday morning, the London-based pan Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported that Mubarak is in very grave medical condition.

A senior Egyptian official close to the ruling military council told the newspaper that he will "not be surprised if an announcement of Mubarak's death will come soon." According to the official, Mubarak is refusing to receive the appropriate medical treatment and also decided against travelling abroad for treatments.

Two days ago, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry said that as far as he knows, Mubarak's condition is serious. Even though Shoukry did not specify details, it is the first official report from an Egyptian official regarding Mubarak's condition.

Other newspapers in Egypt such as Akhbar Al-Youm and A-Shuruk also reported that the ousted president's condition is deteriorating, saying that he refuses to take medicine and is suffering from depression.

Mubarak, who has pancreatic cancer, is currently staying in his Sharm el-Sheikh estate after being ousted from power in the wake of Egypt uprisings.