Former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama is fighting for his life on a life support machine at the Cardio Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
He was rushed to the hospital about four days ago with a very serious heart condition, doctors said.
Chronicle learned at the time of going to press yesterday that medical authorities at the nation' leading centre for medical care were monitoring the situation to assess whether or not it would be possible to fly Alhaji Mahama abroad for treatment.
Yesterday afternoon, the rumour mills were busy with information that the Nation's second in command when Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor sat at the Castle as Constitutional Head of State had passed away.
Some overzealous radio stations even broadcasted the sad event as breaking news, before hospital authorities jumped in to clear the air.
The death scare followed an announcement from Kumasi that former President Kufuor and NPP Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had cut short their campaign in the Ashanti Region and were returning to Accra, to monitor the medical conditions of the ex-Vice-President.
Two days ago, Korle Bu issued a statement saying that President John Dramani Mahama had instructed hospital authorities to take maximum care of the former Vice-President, who is 66 years old.
The former Vice-President was last seen in public at the Presidential Debate in Tamale, where he had reported at the auditorium to offer support to the NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He was reported to have suffered a heart condition earlier on, But he appeared to have recovered from that condition when he mixed with the audience at the Presidential debate. He was seen chatting with leading members of the NPP other dignitaries.
However, his condition worsened suddenly and had to be rushed to the Korle Bu Hospital where he is still under intensive care.