‘Madiba could have died’

2013-06-23 07:46
Nelson Mandela (File, AP)

Nelson Mandela (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The 40 minutes that an extremely ill Nelson Mandela spent in the icy cold while stranded on a Gauteng highway in a broken ambulance could have caused his death, said a respected cardiologist on Saturday.

Rapport said the military ambulance taking the former president to hospital broke down two weeks ago between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

American news service CBS on Saturday reported that Madiba’s heart had stopped.

Three independent sources confirmed on Saturday night that Mandela had to be resuscitated.  

When the ambulance broke down, it was 6 °C outside and Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, who was apparently also stranded in the ambulance for 45 minutes was said to be “crazy” with worry.

Although presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said doctors were satisfied that Mandela had suffered no harm, many doctors have differed in their opinion.

Cardiologist Dr David Janekelow said any delay was a reason for concern.

“You want to get emergency treatment as soon as possible. If someone has already been resuscitated and there is a delay to get him to hospital it can have serious consequences,” he said.

Another cardiologist, Dr Richard Ne­thononde agreed: “Mandela could’ve died next to the road while they waited for another ambulance.”

It was also alleged on Saturday that Mandela’s liver and kidneys were only functioning at 50% and that he had not opened his eyes in days.

All the presidency was willing to say on Saturday was that his condition was serious but stable.  

According to the Sunday Times, Graca Machel has been sleeping in a room next to Mandela’s at the hospital every night. 

The newspaper also reported that Madiba's close family was deliberating on “just how much medical intervention was enough for an old and very sick man”.

 

 
Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  mac maharaj
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
282 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
6 ways to stay safe at home and on the road 2015-03-27 15:39

These Easter holidays, take these precautions to keep your home and family safe.

/News
 

This is the most expensive burger in the world!

You won't believe how much someone was prepared to pay for this burger!

 
 

Luxury living

Exclusive food items that WILL break the bank
Top 10 most expensive homes in the world
You can permanently live on a ship and sail the world!
These are the richest people on the planet!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to discriminate, criticise and over analyse things today which can leave everybody feeling a little bit unsure...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.