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Christofias still critical but stable, Israeli specialist due to fly in

Demetris Christofias is in critical condition

The health of former president Demetris Christofias continues to be stable but he remains in critical condition. A specialist on infectious diseases is expected to arrive from abroad later on Tuesday.

According to the health ministry Christofias is still in the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit due to significant respiratory problems.

“His health condition is stable but remains critical,” the ministry said in an announcement.

A medical council was held on Tuesday to evaluate the former president’s tests and the ministry has called in a specialist on infectious diseases from abroad who will decide with his attending doctor the next steps as to treatment.

According to Akel leader Andros Kyprianou who visited Christofias in hospital on Tuesday morning, the former president is able to communicate with his environment.

He said the specialist doctor is expected to arrive from Israel late afternoon.

The 72-year-old former president was transferred to the hospital’s ICU due to respiratory problems, a statement from the health ministry said on Monday. He had been admitted to the hospital’s transplant unit on Saturday but it was decided to move him to the ICU as his condition worsened.

President Nicos Anastasiades, who visited Christofias on Monday evening had said his predecessor was going “through difficult times.”

“I hope it is overcome. I want to express my sorrow,” he said.

On Tuesday political leaders and representatives of parties and other groups visited Christofias.

Kyprianou said the interest by the people for the former president’s health condition was “moving” since many at the hospital went up to him to ask him how he was.

Christofias, who was president between February 2008 and February 2013, had a life-saving kidney transplant with his sister as the donor years ago but it is understood he is also suffering from a host of other ailments.

 

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