Presidency: Mandela comfortable

2013-03-30 13:56
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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela is comfortable and responding to treatment after recurring pneumonia, the presidency said on Saturday.

"Doctors advise that due to the lung infection former president Mandela had developed a pleural effusion which was tapped," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"This has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty. He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable."

Mandela spent his third night in hospital on Friday night after he was taken to an undisclosed hospital just before midnight on Wednesday.

"The presidency wishes to acknowledge and thank all who have been praying for and sending messages of support to Madiba and his family," Maharaj added.

Earlier this month, Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital for a scheduled check-up relating to a long-standing abdominal complaint.

 He was discharged the following day.

In February, he was admitted to hospital with a stomach ailment.

Last December, Mandela spent 18 days in hospital during which he underwent an operation to remove gallstones and received treatment for his recurring lung infection.

South Africa's first black president has a long history of lung problems, dating back to the time when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid. While in jail he contracted tuberculosis.

On Friday, Maharaj said Mandela was in "good spirits" and enjoyed a full breakfast.

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