Arch on the mend - Tutu family

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (Dennis Farrell, AP)
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (Dennis Farrell, AP)

Cape Town - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is on the mend, his family said on Friday.

Following two days in hospital for a recurring infection, he had responded well to treatment, his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe said in a statement.

“After executive mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille popped in to wish him well on behalf of the citizens of Cape Town, the Archbishop expressed his deepest gratitude to all who had sent love and prayers since his admission to hospital on Wednesday,” the family said.

“He is being cared for by an amazing team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff, and was very conscious of how fortunate he was - thanks to the generosity of his medical team - to be able to receive first-class treatment not available to most South Africans.”

Tutu, 84, admitted himself to hospital. The family said on Wednesday he was expected to remain in hospital for a week or two.

In 2015 he also underwent treatment for an infection.

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