The globally beloved former South African leader has not yet fully recovered from his hospitalization for lung infection early this month.
While he was declared “stable and breathing independently” a few weeks ago, the South African government has issued a statement June 23, saying that Nelson Mandela is still in the hospital and in critical condition. The medical team at the hospital in Pretoria informed South African president Jacob Zuma that Mandela’s health condition has deteriorated.
Zuma visited Mandela last Sunday along with the African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, and was able to talk to Mandela’s wife Graca Machel. “The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that (Mandela) is well-looked after and is comfortable,” Zuma said.
The 94-year-old former South African president was hospitalized last June 8 due to complications from a lung infection. According to a statement issued by the president’s office, Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria, but the ambulance carrying him broke down. Another ambulance was sent to pick him up, and Zuma added that Mandela’s team of seven doctors “were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care.”
Mandela’s residence in Johannesburg is roughly 30 miles away from Pretoria, the location of the hospital in which he is currently confined.
The anti-apartheid and inspirational president is one of the world’s most prominent figures to survive prostate cancer.