Monday 18 December 2017

Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in South African hospital for 'persistent infection'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

David Kearns

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has returned to hospital just a week after being discharged.

The African archbishop was hospitalised with a persistent infection, his foundation has said.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a hospital in Cape Town … He was discharged from hospital last Tuesday, and readmitted this afternoon after expressing renewed discomfort,” according to a statement from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

“His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation.”

Desmond Tutu, left, with his wife Leah at their home in Cape Town Credit: Oryx Media/AP
Desmond Tutu, left, with his wife Leah at their home in Cape Town Credit: Oryx Media/AP

Mr Tutu was first hospitalised by the infection on 14 July, and has been in and out of hospital for minor complaints since 2011.

The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate continues to battle prostate cancer, first diagnosed 15 years ago, but his foundation said the current infection was unrelated.

The foundation said the veteran rights campaigner would undergo bed rest while his doctors determine further treatment, and remain in the hospital at least for the weekend.

Under apartheid, Mr Tutu campaigned against white minority rule during the years that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and was awarded the 1984 Nobel peace prize for his work.

Officially retired, he is still outspoken on the world’s injustices.

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