Mandela discharged from hospital

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital Sunday morning, even though his condition remains ''critical and is at times unstable'', the South African presidency announced.

Mandela, 95, who was admitted to the Pretoria hospital on 8 June for the treatment of a recurring lung infection, will now continue his recovery at his Johannesburg home, it said.

''Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria.

''His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done,'' the presidency explained in a statement by its spokesman, Mac Maharaj.

While in hospital, Mandela's condition vacillated between serious and critical and at times unstable.

PANA quoted the presidency as further saying that he had received full medical support and continues to do so.

''He has also received visits from family, friends and colleagues. Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude,'' it said.

According to the presidency, the global icon has been treated by a large medical team from the military, academia, private sector and other public health spheres.

While thanking the health professionals at the hospital for their dedication and the media ''for the maturity and understanding that all have in general displayed'', it called on all to allow the former President and his family the necessary private space ''so that his continuing care can proceed with dignity and without unnecessary intrusion''.
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01 september 2013 10:31:41

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