close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Mandela making `slow but steady` progress: Presidency

Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said on Sunday.



Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said on Sunday.

The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection.

"Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said.

"The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

Zuma asked South Africans to pray for Mandela`s recovery and good health, the statement said. The South African president is technically the only person authorised to give public updates about Mandela`s health, and had not issued a statement since July 31.

Mandela`s youngest daughter Zindzi Mandela said on Friday that the anti-apartheid hero was "not going anywhere anytime soon" and was now able to sit up unaccompanied. He was "more alert, more responsive," she said.
And his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told Sky News on Thursday that he was "now breathing normally." Doctors had managed to contain his lung infection but kept "draining fluid from the lungs," she said.
Both stressed that he was not about to die.

AFP

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels