Friday, June 14, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s Condition Improves

Human right activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after fighting for race equality was hospitalized on June 8 due to a recurring lung infection. When he first was admitted to the hospital, he was in “serious but stable condition.” Current president Zuma visited him on June 13 and urged South Africans and his followers worldwide to wish him “a speedy recovery.”

Nelson remains in the Pretoria hospital, in the capital of South Africa. His wife Graca Machel and daughter Zenani have been by his bedside since he was admitted.

He is still in intensive care, where he was first admitted on June 8.

After President Zuma’s visit, he also told his people to keep Nelson “in their prayers.”
After his hospitalization, Nelson’s grandson and family heir, Mandla, said that the public’s concern and support had “deeply touched” the entire family.

Before being elected, he served 27 years in a South Africa prison. The BBC reports that he contracted tuberculosis in the 1980′s while in jail. It is believed he got sick after he suffered lung damage from working in a prison quarry.

Nelson was recently hospitalized in December for a lung infection and again in March for the same condition.


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