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Mandela, 92, discharged from S. African hospital

 Children from a school adjacent to the hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela, fondly known as "Madiba" is said to be undergoin...
 This photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 shows the Milpark Hospital where former president Nelson Mandela has been hospitalised for the past two day...

South Africa Mandela

Children from a school adjacent to the hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela, fondly known as "Madiba" is said to be undergoin...

South Africa Mandela

This photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 shows the Milpark Hospital where former president Nelson Mandela has been hospitalised for the past two day...

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital Friday after suffering an acute respiratory infection that has responded well to treatment, officials said.
Surgeon-General V.J. Ramlakan told reporters that the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon would now receive home-based care.
"Dr. Mandela is in high spirits and has been visited by his family and friends," Ramlakan said. "Medically, at present, there is no need to panic."
Mandela had been admitted to Milpark Hospital on Wednesday, and the relative silence surrounding his hospitalization had led to speculation about his condition. Journalists have been camped outside the hospital and outside his Johannesburg home.
"What I can convey is that he is receiving the best treatment from the best available health professionals in this country, and that should reassure all of us that there is no need of us to panic," Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told a news conference Friday.
"There is no need for us fear for Madiba's health," he said of Mandela. "He is in good hands."
Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his fight against apartheid. He became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and stepped down after serving one term in 1999. He largely retired from public life in 2004.
The public has seen only glimpses of him recently, such as in November, when his office released photos of a private meeting between Mandela and members of the U.S. and South African soccer teams. The teams had just played a match in his honor.
Mandela also appeared at the closing ceremony of the World Cup in July, waving to the crowd as he was driven in a small golf cart alongside his wife, Graca Machel.


Updated : 2021-05-18 19:17 GMT+08:00