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South Africa: Mandela state "continues to improve"



The health of Nelson Mandela, was hospitalized in Pretoria on 8 June "continues to improve", said Tuesday the South African presidency.

Former South African president and hero of the anti-apartheid struggle nevertheless remains "in a critical but stable condition," said the president in a statement, calling to continue to pray for him and to make donations to the project Children's Hospital in Johannesburg.

Mandela's stay in the hospital is the longest since his release from prison in 1990 after 27 years in prison under the apartheid regime. He celebrated July 18 its 95 years on his hospital bed surrounded by his family came to his bedside.

Sunday the South African presidency had absolutely refused to comment on reports that he suffered a mild surgery Friday "to unlock the dialysis tube" in its seventh week of hospitalization. A "benign" operation, according to CBS.

Mandela was placed on a respirator and dialysis few weeks after his emergency admission to hospital for recurrent respiratory infection.

CBS also got wind of two recent "alerts" regarding the status of Nelson Mandela. "On one occasion, Nelson Mandela did not respond to medication, and another, his respirator showed he was in distress" breathing, according to CBS. The presidency has declined to comment, citing medical confidentiality.

Mandela was the first black president of South Africa in 1994 and has become a global "icon" of peace and forgiveness, having reconciled with his former oppressors. He left office in 1999 voluntarily unlike many heroes of African independence.

The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, the President called on Tuesday to support, is a project of the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation.

This university pediatric unit should accommodate 200 beds on land adjacent to the renowned Faculty of Medicine of the University of Witwatersrand, and welcome children from all over Southern Africa.