"Lockerbie bomber Megrahi's health deteriorates," from AFP:
TRIPOLI (AFP) – The condition of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan sentenced to life imprisonment for the Lockerbie bombing and repatriated in August, has deteriorated and the cancer that afflicts him has spread through his body, a medical bulletin said early Sunday.
"A scan has shown a worsening of the disease which has spread more than before," said the bulletin from the Tripoli Medical Centre where Megrahi is being treated for terminal cancer.
The bulletin received by AFP said Megrahi, 57, arrived at the hospital on Saturday coughing and vomiting.
He was also suffering from "secondary effects of the sessions of chemotherapy" that he has been undergoing, including a weight gain, high blood pressure and sugar in the blood along with muscular fatigue.
"His condition was examined Saturday by a team of European experts who agreed on the continuation of chemotherapy sessions while also administering other medicaments to treat the disease," the hospital said in its first bulletin released since Megrahi's return in August.
Last week the Scottish authorities charged with supervising the Lockerbie bomber said they had contacted him in Tripoli on Wednesday, following concerns about his whereabouts.
As it happens, over the past few years I have been afflicted with the same above symptoms. I have coughed, and even vomited. I have suffered weight gain, have borderline high blood pressure, slightly elevated sugar in the blood and, after a day of playing with the kids, muscular fatigue.
I hope I can type this out before my time is up too. I may not get there with you [cough], but I wish each and every one of you a belated Happy Channukah or a [sneeze] Merry Christmas. Wait, my feet are feeling sore, this might be it.
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