Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in 'serious condition'


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Johannesburg (CNN) -- Former South African leader Nelson Mandela is in "serious but stable condition" at a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection, the presidential spokesman said Saturday.

Mandela was hospitalized early Saturday after the state of his health deteriorated in the last few days, according to spokesman Mac Maharaj.

"He's receiving the best possible care," he said. "Everything is being done to ensure that he is comfortable and that he is getting better."

Maharaj said that the anti-apartheid icon is breathing on his own.

South Africa's first black president gets round-the-clock care, and his house is retrofitted with medical equipment that mirrors that of an intensive care unit.

Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail over the years and has not appeared in public since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.

Despite his rare public appearances, news of his ailment spark concerns worldwide.

"I think the concern, the anxiety shown by people throughout the world and South Africa is perfectly understandable," Maharaj said. "I think it is also true simultaneously that people have come to terms with his age. The most important thing is that we should realize that this is a life that we need to celebrate, even when he's with us. And we will celebrate it, even when he is not with us."

Mandela has been in and out of hospitals in recent years.

His history of lung problems dates to when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid, and he has battled respiratory infections over the years.

Last year, he spent Christmas holidays undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones, one of his longest hospital stays since his release from prison in 1990.

Considered the founding father of South Africa's democracy, Mandela became an international figure while enduring 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, the country's system of racial segregation.

"He has taught us ... that we enhance our own humanity when we serve and make a difference to other people's lives," Maharaj said. "It's easy to serve oneself, own interests, but serving the interests of others, making their lives better changes the quality of all humanity."

In 1993, Mandela and then-South African President F.W. de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The iconic leader was elected the nation's first black president a year later, serving only one term, as he had promised.

Despite rare public appearances in recent years, he retains his popularity and is considered a hero of democracy in the nation. Last year, South Africa launched a new batch of banknotes with a picture of a smiling Mandela on the front, a testament to his iconic status.

Mandela's impact extends far beyond South African borders. After he left office, he mediated conflicts from Africa to the Middle East.

CNN's Robyn Curnow reported from Johannesburg and Faith Karimi reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Ben Brumfield and Espirit Smith contributed to this report .
 
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Dah!! Mambo sio mazuri tena. Kama yuko serious, safari hii sijui itakuwaje...

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Kwakweli mzee wetu umri umeenda mbele, na maradhi yanamuandama sn, Mungu amsaidie tu jamani, maana ndio 1 ya wazee wachache wenye hekima waliobaki Africa
 
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Get well soon mzee Mandela.
 
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Get well soon mzee Mandela.
Katavi ndugu yangu kwa kauli yako hii nafikiri FASTJET na Timu yake anakulaani.Yeye anaombea matokeo tofauti aandae safari mapema ya 351
 
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Katavi ndugu yangu kwa kauli yako hii nafikiri FASTJET na Timu yake anakulaani.Yeye anaombea matokeo tofauti aandae safari mapema ya 351
Kweli kabisa jamaa watakuwa wanaandaa bajeti hivi sasa ya safari........all in all tunamtakia Mzee Mandela quick recovery.
 
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...ooooh gosh,the man is in trouble again..! God help him...
 
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get well soon madiba!
 
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Wishing the comrade a quick recovery!
Ukijitahidi saaanaa 70, akikupa uzima 80, akikupa rehema 90....mauti....hatuombei ila Mwisho ndo huooo, ajali amepona, vita amevuka, jela ameonjaa, uzeee ameuona, Ugonjwa----ndo hatima yake
 
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Du ni kweli Mzee wetu sasa yuko hoi MUNGU AKUJALIE ANGALAU UAPATE AHUENI NA UPONE KABISA mpaka siku atakayokuchukua wewe na sisi

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a lung infection, the government said Saturday, prompting an outpouring of concern from admirers of a man who helped to end white racist rule.
Mandela, who is 94 years old, was treated in a hospital several times in recent months, with the last discharge coming on April 6 after doctors drained fluid from his lung area after diagnosing him with pneumonia. He has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment under apartheid.
"During the past few days, former President Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection," said a statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma. "This morning at about 1.30a.m., his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital."

It said Mandela was receiving expert medical care and "doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable."
 
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Mungu amponye.
hila kwa miaka yake anaambuliwa mateso tuu duniani.
 
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We remain in Prayer for him.
 
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Katavi ndugu yangu kwa kauli yako hii nafikiri FASTJET na Timu yake anakulaani.Yeye anaombea matokeo tofauti aandae safari mapema ya 351
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Praying for a quick recovery for the Spear of Africa!
 
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Hali ya Mzee Mandela bado Tete,Anaumwa mapafu na Amepelekwa Hospital tena kwa Matibabu zaidi...

Tuzidi kumuombea Mzee wetu mzalendo wa kweli asiye mnafiki km wanasiasa wetu wa Tz..
 

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