[QODLink]
Africa

Grandson says Mandela 'getting better'

Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon expected to be discharged from hospital soon, grandson says.

Last Modified: 22 Jun 2013 12:17
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Mandela's grandson said his grandfather was getting better and was expected to be discharged soon [AFP]

Fomer South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is getting better and is expected to be discharged from hospital soon, his grandson Mandla Mandela has said.

Mandla's remarks about Mandela, who is battling a serious recurrent lung infection, came after Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Mandela as president in 1999, said on Thursday that the 94-year-old Nobel laureate was not going to "die tomorrow".

Despite both men's comments, Mac Maharaj, spokesman of Jacob Zuma, the South African president, said in a statement on Saturday that Mandela remained in a "serious but stable" condition and that his health was little changed since his admission to a Pretoria hospital two weeks ago.

The government also said the health of Mandela, South Africa's first black president, had not been endangered when the ambulance that rushed him to hospital earlier this month broke down and another had to be called.

"All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," Maharaj told the AFP news agency.

The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, about 55km away

Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said.

He said the "fully equipped ICU (intensive care unit) ambulance" had a "full complement including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses".

Mandela, who was jailed for 27 years for resisting white minority rule, was taken to hospital in the early hours of June 8.

249

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.