Suharto dies at age 86

Former dictator, currently ranked as the 6th richest man in the world, with an estimated personal wealth of $16,000,000,000, an army general who crushed Indonesian communist movement and became the second president of Indonesia and reigned from1967-1998. His rule made significant growth to the economy and industy of Indonesia, however this 3 decade rule also led to million deaths, suspected communists and other political opponents.suharto.jpg

On January 4, 2008, Suharto, 86, was rushed to the Pertamina hospital, Jakarta. His medical condition deteriorated due to complications resulting to weak heart, swelling of limbs and stomach, and partial renal failure. Suharto’s health signs improved on Sunday but he remained critical, after haemodialysis.On January 8, 2008, Suharto’s health worsened as doctors diagnosed him of anemia and low blood pressure due to heart and kidney complications. There was internal bleeding, fluid on his lungs, blood in his faeces and urine which caused hemoglobin drop.On January 11, 2008, it was announced that Suharto’s condition worsened dramatically and that he suffered multiple organ failure.Two days later, the chief of the medical team treating Suharto stated that the former President is in a “very critical condition” after almost all his organ functions failed, and that there was only a 50-50 chance that he would survive, though some Indonesians believe Suharto would not die easily because he practiced mysticism. On January 17, 2008, since only machines prolong his life (amid multiple organ failure, pneumonia and sepsis), Suharto’s 2-week hospitalization sparked quiet debate on end-of-life issues. 100 hospital directors, doctors and researchers took part in an end-of-life workshop in Yogyakarta city (a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Gadjah Mada University, organized before Suharto fell ill). On January 23, 2008 Suharto’s health worsened further, as an infection spread through his body and fluctuated until it reached the lowest level on January 27. He died on that day at 1:10 pm.

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