Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

Last Updated: Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 20:44

Zeenews Bureau

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela was reportedly discharged from the hospital on Saturday after being hospitalized over a week ago for pneumonia.

After being discharged from the hospital, the South African government stated that there had been “a gradual improvement in his condition,” as per reports.

"The former President will now receive home based high care," Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement

The 94-year-old icon was admitted to the hospital for the third time since December last year.

Mandela`s wife had earlier said that he is "fine" and his health is improving after he was hospitalised more than a week ago for pneumonia, a report said.

To help him breathe without difficulty, doctors last week drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of his lungs.

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that he had visited his predecessor and that doctors had said he was showing continuous improvement.

To help him breathe without difficulty, doctors last week drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of his lungs.

Last month Mandela spent a night in hospital for a scheduled check-up and in December he was admitted for 18 days for a lung infection and gallstones surgery, his longest hospital stay since he walked free from 27 years in jail in 1990.

Mandela`s latest health scare has sparked an outpouring of wishes and prayers from across the globe and at home.

Mandela`s lung problems date back to his 27 years in apartheid jail when he was diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis in 1988.

He has also been treated for prostate cancer and has suffered from stomach ailments.

(With Agency Inputs)



First Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 19:00

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