Nelson Mandela’s night of horror

2013-06-23 06:00

Former president Nelson Mandela was fighting for his life in a military ambulance in the early hours of a bitterly cold Saturday morning two weeks ago when the vehicle broke down on the highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.

City Press today reveals more details of what happened in the early hours of June 8 when Mandela was rushed to hospital.

Madiba, who receives 24-hour medical care at his Houghton house, had suffered a serious medical setback and an emergency ambulance was summoned from 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

He was rushed to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria after being resuscitated.

Then the ambulance broke down.

For about 40 minutes, medical staff and nurses had to keep Mandela alive while the vehicle was stuck next to the road in icy 6°C weather.

» Get City Press newspaper today for the full story.

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