Denktaş in critical condition: doctor
NICOSIA - Anatolia News Agency
The health condition of Denktaş, who was first hospitalized in May, 2011, is critical.Former Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktaş was described as being in serious health condition yesterday after experiencing internal organ failure.
Rauf Denktaş is currently receiving treatment at Near East University Hospital in Nicosia. Serdar Denktaş, Rauf Dentkaş’s son and leader of the Democrat Party (DP), told reporters yesterday his father’s health was getting worse. Near East University Hospital chief surgeon Sevim Erkmen told a press conference yesterday that Denktaş’s health condition was still critical. Denktaş’s wife Aydın Denktaş said Denktaş told her to pray for him so that he would not suffer any longer.
Rauf Denktaş was first hospitalized in May 2011 following complaints stemming from high blood pressure and later underwent brain surgery in Ankara. He was admitted to a hospital in Nicosia on Jan. 5 following complaints of diarrhea and fatigue.
Denktaş, 87, was the first president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), a position he held from 1983 to 2005. Denktaş’s last public statement was about his celebration of the anniversary of Turkish Cyprus.