Nixon in a 'deep coma'
Friday 22 April 1994
According to specialists the next 24 hours will be decisive. By this evening it should be clear whether the swelling of his brain, which followed the stroke, will start to abate. If it does not, his condition could prove fatal.
As Mr Nixon battled for life, his only visitors were his daughters Julie Eisenhower and Tricia Cox, and the evangelist Billy Graham. Mr Nixon's wife, Pat, died last year. Messages of support continued to pour into the hospital and into the Richard M Nixon Library at Yorba Linda, California.
In Washington, President Clinton opened his news conference on Bosnia by saying that he and his wife were praying for Mr Nixon's recovery. Mr Clinton spoke of the 'wise counsel' he had received 'on Russia and many other issues' from the former president.
Mr Nixon's state is caused by cerebral oedema, which routinely occurs after a stroke, and normally begins to diminish after three or four days. But, even assuming this happens, a return to full health is unlikely. Mr Nixon has not been placed on the kind of respirator often used for patients in his condition because it would be against his previously expressed wishes, according to a health worker quoted in the New York Times.
Boris Yeltsin, the Russian president, who snubbed Nixon last month during his visit to Russia because of his meeting with opposition leaders, wished him a speedy return to good health. 'I hope you recover and return to the rough and tumble of political life,' Mr Yeltsin said in a telegram.
The Chinese foreign ministry described Mr Nixon as 'an old friend of the Chinese people'.
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Boxing Day snowfall set to push even more bargain-hunters online for sales
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...