Mandela doing well - wife

2013-04-15 12:00
(Picture: GCIS)

(Picture: GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela is recovering well at home after being released from hospital earlier this month, his wife Graça Machel told AFP on Monday.

"He's doing well," she said after giving a speech on neonatal care just outside Johannesburg. "That's why I am here."

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was released from hospital on 6 April, after a 10-day stay during which he was treated for pneumonia.

His release was decided "following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition", the South African government said at the time.

Recurring lung infection

He is currently receiving "high care" at his Johannesburg home, after the latest in a series of health scares.

Mandela was rushed to hospital before midnight on 27 March, suffering from a recurrence of a lung infection.

Doctors drained a build-up of fluid, known as a pleural effusion or "water on the lungs", that had developed.

His hospitalisation left many worried about the increasingly frail health of the former statesman.

It was the third time in five months that the former president has been hospitalised.

In March he was admitted for a scheduled check-up and in December he was hospitalised for 18 days for a lung infection and for gallstones surgery.

That stint was his longest since he walked free from 27 years in jail in 1990.

Acceptance of Mandela’s mortality

While Mandela's health is a topic of national conversation, many South Africans have come to accept the ageing icon's mortality.

Machel's return to public engagements signals Mandela may be in a better state than many feared.

After delivering a speech on saving newborn babies, Machel said she would not be making public addresses if Mandela were not doing okay.

"I wouldn't if he wasn't," she said.

Machel was speaking at the opening of a conference on neonatal care, where she said a lack of political will was holding back progress toward reducing newborn mortality rates.

Machel is a public figure in her own right.

She makes frequent speeches on health and has worked with the United Nations children's fund Unicef.
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