Entries in Coma (4)


Worker at Japan's Crippled Nuke Plant Collapses, Falls into Coma

TR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake crippled Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last March, spurring a nuclear crisis, three workers have died.  Now, a man in his 60s is the latest plant worker to have fallen victim.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the plant, says the worker is in a coma after collapsing on the job Monday.  According to the operator, the man was pouring concrete for a tank to hold radioactive materials, when he complained of sickness and later passed out.

TEPCO is trying to confirm just how long the man had been working at nuclear plants and how much radiation to which he'd been exposed.

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Lockerbie Bomber Found in Libya; Won't Be Extradited to US

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- There seems to be little chance now that the only person tried and convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland will be turned over to the U.S. for prosecution.

While the rebel-run Transitional National Council in Libya says it knows the whereabouts of so-called "Lockerbie bomber" Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a representative for the group made it clear Sunday that "We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West."

Al-Megrhai was tried in Scotland for the terrorist bombing that killed 270 people, most of them Americans returning home for the Christmas holidays.  Two years ago, al-Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds because his physician said he was dying of terminal cancer and only had a short time to live.

His release alone outraged the U.S. State Department and victims' families, but the most upsetting aspect of al-Megrahi's return to Libya was the hero's welcome he received from thousands upon arriving in Tripoli.

Two years later, al-Megrahi, who has always maintained his innocence, is still alive but said to be gravely ill.  CNN reports that he is in a coma and residing at his villa in Tripoli under the care of his family members, who say he is near death.

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Conflicting Reports over Whether Hosni Mubarak Is in a Coma

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- There have been conflicting reports about former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health Sunday, after his lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, said the ousted leader suffered a stroke and was in a coma.

But el-Deeb has made claims about Mubrarak's health in the past that have been questioned, and since his announcement, hospital officials have gone back and forth about whether the 83-year-old ex-president is ill at all.

Shortly after el-Deeb's statement, a medical official in Sharm El Sheikh Hospital denied on Egyptian state television that Mubarak had been admitted and that he had slipped into a coma.

After that initial report, however, Mohamed Fathalla, the head of the Sharm el-Sheikh facility, said the lawyer's statement about Mubarak's condition was correct, according to CNN.

"Yes, he is in a coma," Fathalla said, according to CNN.

Dr. Assem Azzam, the head of the medical team supervising Hosni Mubarak's health, then denied Fathalla's statement, saying that Mubarak had suffered a bout of low blood pressure and felt dizzy but is now stable.

Mubarak and his two sons have been ordered to stand trial for the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the country's revolution earlier this year.  The three are due to go on trial on Aug. 3, and could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges.  But many in Cairo doubt the trial will ever occur.

Egypt's prosecutor general made the announcement after weeks of investigation into the crackdown and alleged corruption.  In a statement on Facebook, the prosecutor said that the crimes committed by Mubarak were "intentional murder, attempted killing of some demonstrators ... misuse of influence and deliberately wasting public funds and unlawfully making private financial gains and profits."

Mubarak was too ill to be moved to Cairo's Tora prison where his sons, Gamal and Alaa, are being held.  Instead, he has remained at a hospital in the Rea Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following a heart attack.

The former president resigned from office on Feb. 11 after an 18-day uprising that brought tens of thousands of Egyptians into the streets.  More than 800 people died at the hands of security forces loyal to Mubarak.

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Hosni Mubarak Not Dying; Had Breakfast on the Beach

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was well enough to have breakfast on the beach Wednesday and is doing well, a sharp contradiction to reports that the sidelined leader had slipped into a coma and was dying, a well-placed source told ABC News.

The source also said that the ruling Military Council was shocked by the level and scale of corruption by the Mubarak regime.  Shortly after taking charge, the military had asked that the finances of several top government officials be frozen ,pending investigations.

Mubarak is in seclusion at his Sharm el-Sheikh resort home along with his two sons, Gamal and Alaa.  The wives and children of his sons, however, have left the country, the source said.

In an indication that Mubarak, 82, has health issues, the source said that his personal physician was also with Mubarak in Sharm El Sheikh.

But the man who was ousted from the presidential palace after ruling Egypt for 30 years was strong enough Wednesday to have his breakfast on the beach, the source said.

Dubai-based television channel Al Arabiya also reported Wednesday that Mubarak is in ''good health,'' quoting a source who had reportedly spoken to him.

Concerns about Mubarak's health arose last week amid rumors that he had slipped into a coma shortly after being forced from office and leaving Cairo.  Those concerns were heightened when Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry told NBC that Mubarak was "possibly in somewhat of bad health," but did not provide details.

Saudi-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat printed a story on Tuesday claiming that Mubarak's health was deteriorating dramatically and that he was refusing to take his medication or travel to Germany for treatment.  The paper claimed he was suffering from depression following the revolution that brought an end to his rule on Feb. 11.

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