Lawyers for ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak say he fears his jailers are trying to kill him as his health deteriorates.
Earlier this month Mubarak was sentenced to life behind bars for ordering police to kill protesters during the uprising against his 30-year rule.
His lawyers claim his condition is very critical and he has been pleading with them to save him from prison officials who he says want him dead.
"He says: 'They want to kill me. Save me, Mr Farid, find me a solution," said Farid al-Deeb, his chief lawyer in the murder and corruption trial which ended this month with his sentencing.
The 84-year-old is currently being held in an intensive care wing of Cairo's Tora prison and there have been reports he was twice defibrillated when his heart stopped.
Prison authorities agreed on Monday to allow his son Alaa, also jailed in the same prison on corruption charges, to join him and his other son Gamal.
Mubarak's wife Suzanne and his two daughters-in-law were given special permission to visit him on Sunday following rumours that he had died in prison, state media reported.
His family has formally requested a transfer to a Cairo hospital, but such a move could unleash the anger of activists and protesters at a particularly sensitive time in the country.
Mr Deeb said he visited Mubarak on Saturday and found his medical wing under-equipped.
"It is a scandal," he said.
Elections for Mubarak's successor are just days away.
The election is a highly polarised contest between the ousted president's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohammed Mursi.
Authorities have neither accepted nor declined the request to transfer Mubarak, saying only that he will be "treated like all prisoners".
Since he was ousted in February last year, there have been contradictory reports about Mubarak's health, with some saying he was suffering from cancer, heart ailments or depression.
Mubarak attended hearings in the trial that started in August last year on a medical stretcher, after being airlifted from his detention at a military hospital on Cairo's outskirts.