Khomeini’s Son Brain Dead After Heart Attack, Doctors Say
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ The son of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, long considered a possible contender for high office in Iran, is brain dead after a severe heart attack, state-run Tehran Radio said today.
Dr. Hassan Arefi, head of the 30-man medical team treating Ahmad Khomeini, was quoted as saying that Khomeini’s brain and nervous system stopped working after the attack Sunday. The broadcast was monitored in Cyprus.
Arefi said doctors were facing ``immense problems″ with the 50-year-old Khomeini’s circulatory and respiratory systems as well as his liver, although his heart and lungs were functioning.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency, also monitored in Cyprus, quoted Arefi as saying that Khomeini has been in a coma since Sunday at Tehran’s Baqiyatollah Hospital.
Khomeini, a middle-ranking Shiite Muslim cleric, has been a member of the Supreme National Security Council since his father died in June 1989.
Virulently anti-American like his late father, he was politically ambitious and had been expected to make a grab for power. But in the six years since Khomeini died, he had stayed largely in the shadows.