Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s condition is deteriorating rapidly both physically and psychologically as he lies in the hospital wing of Cairo’s Tora Prison, in the intensive care unit.
His son Gamal, also incarcerated, was moved by Interior Minister Prisons Department Chief Mohamed Naguib to a ward next to the hospital in order to be closer to his father.
Mubarak, 84, suffered a severe nervous breakdown overnight late Tuesday. He arrived Saturday after receiving a life sentence following conviction for complicity in the killings of 850 protesters last year in the Tahrir Square revolution that led to his ouster.
The former president, who reportedly has been treated in the past for cancer, is currently suffering from high blood pressure as well as cardiac problems.
He was placed on a respirator five times in the past 24 hours, according to the Egyptian state Middle East News Agency (MENA).
Prison doctors have been considering moving him to a military or larger private hospital in order to provide more appropriate care. A report by the doctors is to be submitted to Naguib, who said he would submit it to the public prosecutor.