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Week of March 24, 2000
Suspected Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden is dying of kidney failure, according to a Western intelligence source who has been tracking him. Bin Laden's kidney disease has now begun to affect his liver, and close associates are trying to obtain a dialysis machine to stabilize his condition. Bin Laden, about 45, is holed up in a secret location in Afghanistan, and remains mostly conscious and, for now, is able to talk and hold meetings. But "the man is dying," the source says. Meanwhile, bin Laden's host, Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, will continue to refuse to hand over bin Laden to the U.S. for trial on charges of terrorism. At a recent meeting of top Taliban leaders in Kandahar, Omar concluded that even if the Taliban were to give up their troublesome guest, Washington would be unlikely to improve relations, let alone recognize the Taliban as the country's legitimate government.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reports the dialysis survival rate at 33 percent after five years and 10 percent through 10 years.
Week of 3.24.2000
Suspected Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden is dying of kidney failure,...
World Tribune 2/7/00 "...Saudi billionaire fugitive Osama Bin Laden is sustaining a serious deterioration of his kidneys and requires advanced medical care,...
Kidney (i.e. Renal) [Does Osama bin Laden need dialysis?]
There have been reports that bin Laden requires dialysis because of kidney disease .
CIA thought thought possibility of kidney disease was credible [1d].
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that bin Laden does not need dialysis, but does suffer from kidney stones .
A journalist who visited bin Laden's camp in the 1990s reported camp members saying that bin Laden had a kidney problem requiring him to drink large amounts of water. The journalist witnessed bin Laden constantly sipping water and green tea in the time they spent together .
On July 1, 2002, Time Magazine "reported that physicians who analyzed photos of bin Laden determined that he probably suffers from secondary osteoporosis, which is often related to diabetes and kidney trouble" .
Comment: Renal failure can be a complication of diabetes (which he may or may not have -- see above). Interestingly, occasional persons may have their diabetes improve after renal failure occurs, because insulin is retained longer in the body when kidney function is impaired
Originally posted by empireoflizards
I would like to add this series of pics from OBL vids.
Notice that in this series of pics, as you follow the time-line, OBL's health appears to decline...EXCEPT the one from the "confession" video. Weird.
General Appearance [How tall is Osama bin Laden?]
A journalist who met bin Laden in the 1990s described him as 6 feet 4 inches in height and "lithe and muscular" .
His beard has been streaked with white since around January 2000 (at least), when he was described as "visibly aged" [2b] . He dyes his beard [1b].