Condition of Indonesia`s Suharto worsens - doctor
uusjio | January 8, 2008 at 01:28 amby
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Suharto, 86, was admitted to Jakarta's Pertamina hospital on Friday suffering from anaemia and low blood pressure due to heart, lung and kidney problems.
"Suharto's condition deteriorated this morning," Mardjo Soebiandono, the head of the medical team treating the former five-star general, was quoted by Reuters as telling a news conference.
"More fluid infiltrated his lungs and some blood was seen in his faeces and urine that prompted his haemoglobin to drop," he said, adding that Suharto had been given a blood transfusion.
Suharto ruled Indonesia over three decades until he was ousted in 1998 in the face of a tumultuous pro-democracy movement and economic crisis.
The former strongman, who has lived in seclusion in the heart of Jakarta, has suffered from various ailments in recent years, including intestinal bleeding and strokes.
Suharto was previously charged with graft but escaped prosecution when he was deemed too ill to stand trial.
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