Doctors struggling to prolong the life of former dictator Suharto said on Sunday he was in "very critical condition" after suffering multiple organ failure, with his heart and lungs showing further decline. The 86-year-old's red blood cell level also had dropped.
"He is now in very critical condition," said Marjo Subiandono, the chief presidential doctor. "Almost all of his organs have experienced a decline, especially his heart and lungs."
Suharto, whose 32-year regime was widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most brutal and corrupt, was hospitalized in critical condition a week ago with anemia and a low heart rate. He initially responded well to a blood transfusion and kidney dialysis, but his condition has fluctuated almost daily since then.
Doctors were trying to counter a drop in Suharto's red blood cell count through a transfusion, Subiandono said, and had to clear his breathing pipe on Sunday "because there were signs it was clogged." (AP)
Indonesia's Suharto in 'very critical condition' again