World News / Cairo > Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who has been in critical condition since moving to prison, was defibrillated twice after his heart stopped on Monday, a prison hospital source told AFP.
Mubarak’s “heart stopped twice. Doctors had to use a defibrillator. He has been in and out of consciousness and has been refusing food,” the source said.
Earlier, an interior ministry source told AFP his condition was “critical but stable”, as officials weigh transferring him to a Cairo hospital.
The 84-year-old former strongman was sentenced to life behind bars for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were killed.
His medical condition deteriorated and he suffered an emotional breakdown after being moved to Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo on June 2, where he remains in intensive care in the prison hospital.
He has suffered from acute depression since his transfer, as well as periodic increases in blood pressure and shortness of breath, the interior ministry source said.
Prison authorities last week agreed to move Mubarak’s son Gamal, who is in the same prison awaiting trial on corruption charges, closer to his father.
Mubarak asked that his other son Alaa, also in Tora awaiting trial on the same charges as Gamal, be allowed to stay with him.
“He wants both his sons by his side,” a security official said.
Mubarak’s wife Suzanne and his two daughters-in-law were given special permission to visit him on Sunday following rumours that he had died in prison, state media reported.