Mandela's condition 'unchanged'

2013-06-08 11:42
Nelson Mandela (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's condition remained unchanged on Saturday, the Presidency said.

"His condition is the same as per statement we sent out earlier," said spokesman Mac Maharaj.

Mandela, 94, was admitted in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday morning after his condition deteriorated at around 01.30.

Earlier, Maharaj said Mandela was in a "serious but stable" condition and was admitted due to a recurring lung infection.

"He remains in a serious but stable condition."

He said doctors were doing everything they could to make Mandela "better and comfortable".

President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the nation, wished Mandela a speedy recovery.

He requested the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family, Maharaj said.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron on Saturday sent Mandela well wishes on Twitter.

"My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital in South Africa," Cameron wrote.

The elder statesman has been in and out of hospital several times over the past few months.

Lung ailments

On April 6, Mandela was discharged from hospital after spending nine days receiving treatment for recurring lung problems. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has suffered lung ailments before.

Early in March, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up and was discharged the following day.

In December last year, Mandela underwent an operation to remove gallstones and treat the recurring lung infection. He was discharged after an 18-day stay and placed under home-based high care at his Houghton home.

In January, the presidency said Mandela had made a full recovery from the surgery and continued to improve. In February last year he was admitted to hospital for a stomach ailment.

At the time, the presidency said Mandela underwent a diagnostic procedure to investigate the cause of a long-standing abdominal complaint.

In January 2011, Mandela was taken to Milpark Hospital for routine tests relating to respiratory problems.

Mandela's last major public appearance was in July 2010, at the final of the Fifa World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

Since then he had spent his time between Johannesburg and his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

- SAPA

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