CAPE TOWN: Nelson Mandela (pictured) has “recovered” from recent surgery and a lung infection, a health scare that had put South Africa on edge as the anti-apartheid hero spent nearly three weeks in hospital, the presidency said yesterday, citing his doctors.
The 94-year-old Mandela “has recovered from his surgical procedure and the lung infection, his doctors said today,” said a statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office.
“The medical (examination) said president Mandela has made steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve,” it said.
The revered leader has been recuperating at his Johannesburg home since he was discharged from hospital the day after Christmas, which was the longest he had been hospitalised since his release from 27 years of apartheid prison in 1990.
“He had undergone an operation to remove gallstones last month and was also troubled by a recurring lung infection,” said the presidency.
“He continues to receive high care at his Houghton home and his daily routine is being gradually re-established.”
On Thursday, Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela told AFP that South Africa’s first black president who steered the country into democracy “is healed and is stronger than before”.
The former statesman was flown to a Pretoria hospital on December 8 from his childhood home in Qunu, prompting an outpouring of prayers and wishes for his health.