Source: Allen Pizzey / CBS News
CAIRO – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly in a coma but his heart and other vital organs are said to be functioning to the point that he has been taken off life support.
The 84-year-old was moved from prison to a military hospital Tuesday amid a flurry of health rumors. State media reported Mubarak had suffered a stroke and was put on life support. Earlier reports that he was “clinically dead” were denied.
Mubarak hasn’t been seen in public since he was taken from court on a stretcher 17 days ago to serve a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of protesters during weeks-long demonstrations last year that ultimately resulted in his ouster.
A small crowd of supporters gathered outside the hospital, but with Mubarak no longer a part of the political process, the well-being of the man who ruled Egypt with an iron first for 30 years appears to be of secondary concern to his countrymen.
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