Reuters is reporting that ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after suffering a stroke Tuesday. There have been conflicting reports about his current condition and some news sites even reported that Mubarak was dead.
The Egyptian state media initially quoted medical officials as saying Mubarak was "clinically dead," Reuters reports.
Several sources in the military and security services are now saying that Mubarak, 84, is on life support, but that "clinically dead" is not an accurate way to describe his condition.
"He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition, Gen. Mamdouh Shaheen, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN.
Dr Lee Becker, a University of Pennsylvania and spokesman for the American Heart Association, said it is extremely difficult to define the term "clinically dead," The AP reports.
Dr. Becker is not involved in Mubarak's treatment, but speculated that some sort of event had made his heart stop temporarily. He explained that being on life support doesn't mean he's "clinically dead," and it doesn't mean his condition is irreversible.
"Life support can be used to keep his blood circulating and replace breathing if he is unable to do so on his own," Becker said.
Digital Journal reported earlier that Mubarak, 84, had suffered a stroke, and that his heart had stopped, and that CPR and electric shocks were used to revive him. Many sources close to the situation had predicted Mubarak would be moved from a prison hospital to a military facility.
Mubarak has been moved to a military hospital, The AP reports.
Mubarak's wife Suzanne is reportedly by his side in the ICU.
Mubarak's lawyer, Fareed El Deeb told CNN that his client had been in a coma for hours.
His condition could mirror that of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, The AP reports.
It is not known whether there is any similarity between Sharon and Mubarak's conditions. Sharon suffered a massive stroke in 2006. Brain surgeons performed various operations and intensive treatments, but Sharon, 84, never regained consciousness. He is still alive, but is on life support in a deep coma.