Mubarak, 84, was sent to Tora prison, about 14 miles from Cairo, after being sentenced to 25 years behind bars, effectively a life sentence, in the deaths of protesters during the January 2011 uprising that forced him to step down. His sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, are awaiting trial on finance-related charges.
A medical team sent to examine Mubarak in Tora's intensive care unit Tuesday said he was having trouble breathing, resulting in repeated blackouts that require him to be on a respirator, London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday.
The medical team also said Mubarak has high blood pressure and a heart arrhythmia, but doesn't need to be transferred to another medical facility as requested by Mubarak's lawyer and wife.
Mubarak's lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, said the Tora prison hospital isn't equipped to handle the former president, al-Masry al-Youm reported. Al-Deeb also said medical reports didn't support Mubarak's transfer to the prison.
A state medical official said the Tora hospital facility was capable of meeting Mubarak's medical needs and that the former ruler was receiving quality and expensive medical care.