UPDATE: 9/1/13, 3:00 pm EST
After nearly three months in the hospital, Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance Sunday.
According to South African President Jacob Zuma, Mandela is still in critical condition and will receive intensive care at home from the same team of doctors who treated him during his hospital stay.
Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment. We would like to wish him all the best as he continues his recovery at his Johannesburg home.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.
Read Zuma’s complete statement here.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in a critical but stable condition, the office of South Africa’s president said Saturday.
The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma denied reports that Mandela had been released from the hospital.
The update on the 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero’s condition is unchanged from last week, when Zuma said Mandela showed “great resilience.”
“Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition,” the statement said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions.”
Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with what officials said was a recurring lung infection.
Mandela remains very fragile, and the few details released about his condition are tightly controlled by his family and Zuma’s office. Zuma last week urged South Africans to pray for Mandela and to keep him in their thoughts at all times.
Mandela spent 27 years as a prisoner under apartheid and then emerged to negotiate an end to white minority rule before becoming president in the country’s first all-race elections in 1994.