Thursday 18 January 2018

Mandela leaves hospital after tests

Carli Cooke

FORMER South African president Nelson Mandela (pictured) was discharged from hospital yesterday after medical procedures to determine the cause of abdominal complaints.

"The doctors have decided to send him home as the diagnostic procedure he underwent did not indicate anything seriously wrong with him," the presidency said.

The 93-year-old was in good health, comfortable and surrounded by his family earlier, a website statement added.

His admission wasn't an emergency and was "pre-planned", Mac Maharaj, the presidency's spokesman, said by phone yesterday.

Mr Mandela spent 27 years in jail on Robben Island near Cape Town after being imprisoned for fighting for black rights.

He became the country's first black president after apartheid ended in 1994. He negotiated a peaceful end to the old regime with leaders of South Africa's white minority government. He stepped down as president voluntarily in 1999.

Mr Mandela was admitted to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg briefly a year ago for an acute respiratory infection. He also had radiotherapy treatment in 2001 after doctors found microscopic prostate cancer.

Irish Independent

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