Mubarak Slips Into 'Full Coma'
Doctors have had to use defibrillator twice
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2012 7:26 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2012 7:57 AM CDT
In this June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lies on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Hosni Mubarak's life sentence is growing ever shorter. The former president has gone from slipping in and out of consciousness to "full coma," according to a rep for Egypt's Interior Ministry, and security officials say doctors have twice used a defibrillator on him. It's unclear whether it was used because his heart stopped or to remedy irregular heartbeats, which he continues to have problems with, reports the AP.

"His two sons Gamal and Alaa submitted a request to the prison authority to move beside him and it has been accepted," says the rep; they're currently by his side in the intensive care ward of Torah prison hospital. Mubarak's lawyers continue their efforts to get him moved from that location to a private hospital, reports CNN. The AP yesterday reported that his wife and two daughters-in-law were granted special permission to visit him in order to squash rumors of his death.