Madiba still needs life support

2013-08-26 00:00

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Mac Maharaj has admitted that although former president Nelson Mandela’s condition remained critical but stable, Madiba does have lapses that require medical intervention.

This correlates with Beeld’s information and contradicts the reports that Mandela’s condition has improved so dramatically that he could even be released from the MediClinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.

In keeping with his very guarded statements to date, Maharaj did not want to expand on Mandela’s precise clinical condition or treatment.

Beeld has learned from several sources that the medical intervention to which Maharaj referred, includes Mandela being connected to life support machines on a regular basis.

Maharaj was willing to pass on the doctors’ praise for Madiba’s endurance. He said doctors were still working hard to improve Madiba’s condition and make him comfortable. President Jacob Zuma has meanwhile asked the nation to keep Madiba in their prayers.

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