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Dr. Assem Azzam said the 83-year-old Mr. Mubarak had suffered only a bout of low blood pressure and was in stable condition.
“I checked on him. He is in stable condition. What happened is he got a little dizzy because his blood pressure was low. The doctors are dealing with that,” Dr. Azzam said. “It is only hypotension, not a coma.” A second official in the same hospital confirmed the diagnosis, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Mr. Mubarak has been in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since April under arrest on charges he ordered the killings of protesters during Egypt’s uprising. He is said to be suffering from heart trouble.
The former president is set to face trial in about two weeks on charges he ordered the killings of protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him on Feb. 11. A conviction could carry the death penalty, and activists suspect his lawyer may be using health problems as a ruse to sway public opinion and perhaps even win amnesty.
Protesters have camped for more than a week in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, demanding a public trial for Mr. Mubarak and other regime officials accused of complicity in killing protesters.
“The president had a sudden stroke,” Mr. el-Deeb said. “Doctors are trying to bring him to consciousness. He is in a total coma,” he told the Associated Press.
Ever since Mr. Mubarak traveled to Germany early last year for medical treatment, it has been widely rumored that he has cancer. But his health was a closely guarded secret, and the cancer was never spoken of publicly until recently.
At the time, he called Mr. Mubarak‘s condition “horrible” and said the former leader “doesn’t eat and he loses consciousness quite often.”
Mr. Mubarak has lived in Sharm since his ouster.
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