Mandela 'recovered' from op, infection

2013-01-06 15:24

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela is said to have recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones that kept him in hospital for nearly three weeks in December.

"President Mandela has made steady progress and ... clinically, he continues to improve," the Office of the Presidency said in a statement on Sunday, citing his medical team.

The statement said Mandela had "recovered from his surgical procedure and the lung infection".

President Jacob Zuma said Mandela "continues to receive high care" at his Johannesburg home and "his daily routine is being gradually re-established".

Zuma congratulated Mandela on his recovery and said the anti-apartheid icon has "the love and support of all South Africans".

The news that Mandela has recovered from the recurring lung infection and the minor surgery will reassure many in South Africa concerned about the aged leader's health.


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