Winnie Mandela: He drew his last breath and just rested

2013-12-13 12:32

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she feels “very blessed” to have been with ex-husband Nelson Mandela when he died, describing how she sat by his bedside until he drew his last breath.

She told Britain’s ITV news in an interview that there is a “heavy feeling” surrounding her ex-husband’s passing, saying “one never prepares for death”.

She told the broadcaster she only realised that he was “leaving the house for good” when she saw military officials “acting so officially”.

Madikizela-Mandela described how she had “sat there for three-and-a-half hours, watching that machine but the first shock I got as I got in was the fact that they’d switched off the dialysis machine.

“I watched those figures going down, down so slowly. He drew his last breath and just rested. And at that moment, Graça came in, followed by, I don’t know doctors also.

“She looked alarmed. And then off course I was just brushing him. So I moved from the right side where I had been standing and I went around to give her a chance ... He was gone.”

She also described pain at seeing him lying in state, saying that “it’s very hard for the family to even share him even in his death after sharing with the whole world and our whole country while he was alive.”

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