Arafat in critical but stable condition
Yasser Arafat is in critical condition between "life and death," Leila Shahid, the Palestinian envoy to Paris said on Friday morning. According to several reports from French and international media outlets, Yasser Arafat's condition is one of clinical death.
The envoy said the Palestinian president is in a "reversible coma" and not brain dead.
Shahid "categorically" denied reports in French and Israeli media that the 75-year-old Arafat is being kept alive on life support systems.
She suggested the coma occurred after Arafat was put under anesthesia to have medical tests, including an endoscopy and a biopsy of the spinal cord.
Later, a hospital spokesman said Arafat remained in stable condition. The Palestinian leader "has not gotten worse," said Christian Estripeau, head of communications for French military health services. (albawaba.com)
- Paris hospital: Arafat not dead but medical state '\'complex'\'
- French FM says Arafat still alive as Palestinian leaders travel to Paris
- Arafat brother in ''critical'' condition as tests rule out Palestinian leader suffering from leukemia
- Arafat in ''serious, but stable condition''; Reports on temporary leadership group denied
- Arafat to get medical treatment in Paris