Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is back in the hospital:

Former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in South Africa with a lung infection.

A presidential spokesman said he is in a “serious but stable condition”, although he was able to breathe on his own – a “positive sign”.

Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.

He led the fight against apartheid and is regarded as the father of democratic South Africa.

He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years.

In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia.

His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung infection, which has troubled him repeatedly.

Mr Mandela was taken to hospital, from his home in a suburb of Johannesburg, at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT Friday).

Mac Maharaj, South Africa’s presidential spokesman, told the BBC he was receiving expert medical care.

Doctors were doing everything possible to make him comfortable and better, he added.

“What I am told by doctors is that he is breathing on his own and I think that is a positive sign,” he said.

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery, but this does sound serious.

H/T: Vodkapundit

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