Mandela back in hospital but stable

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PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela spent Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in hospital in a “serious but stable” condition with a renewed lung infection that has triggered worldwide concern for the South African hero.

Mandela, who turns 95 next month, was whisked to a Pretoria hospital in the early hours of Saturday for his fourth hospital stay in seven months.

“The truth of the matter is a simple one. Madiba is a fighter and at his age as long as he is fighting, he’ll be fine,” said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, using Mandela’s clan name.

Mandela’s wife Graca Machel was at his bedside in hospital after calling off a trip to London.


The anti-apartheid icon was once again suffering from pneumonia, after he was discharged in April for the same condition, said Maharaj.

“His condition deteriorated to the point where it was found necessary to hospitalize him,” he said. “But I am told by the doctors that he is breathing on his own, so I think that is a positive side.”

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