Nelson Mandela Released from Hospital

Reports of Nelson Mandela's death were premature.

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Reports of Nelson Mandela’s death were premature.

CNN (“Nelson Mandela released from hospital“):

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he had been receiving treatment since June, the South African president’s office said Sunday.

He will continue his recovery at home.

“Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said, referring to the revered leader’s clan name. “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.”

Mandela, 95, was hospitalized June 8 because of a lung infection. He marked his July birthday at the Pretoria hospital where he has been surrounded by relatives.

“During his stay in hospital from the 8th of June 2013, the condition of our former President vacillated between serious to critical and at times unstable,” the office said. “Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude.”

There was some confusion Saturday when two sources close to Mandela said he had returned home — only to be contradicted by the president’s office, which said he was still hospitalized.

“The family mistakenly thought Mandela had been taken to his Johannesburg home early Saturday morning,” the source then told CNN.

Given his advanced age and the seriousness of his condition, few thought this day would come.

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Comments

  1. PJ says:

    @James Joyner:

    Given his advanced age and the seriousness of his condition, few thought this day would come.

    Has it actually come though? There’s nothing the article to support that he’s conscious. If his condition is critical then why move him home? That sounds more like he’s in a coma and the doctors agree that he won’t get better.

  2. PJ says:

    Ariel Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, but he’s still alive. In 2011 he was moved from the hospital to his home, not because he was getting better, but because the kind of care he needs can just as well be given in his home.

  3. 11B40 says:

    Greetings:

    My favorite item from this go-round of Mandela media hysteria showed up, if I remember correctly, on a France24 news cast during which the talking head solemnly reported that Mandela’s health problems were a result of his racist, apartheid, unjust incarceration on Robbin Island. I guess that was the qualitative end of the spectrum’s conclusion. Me, I’m more of a quantitative type, so I’m sticking with the 95 years.

  4. PJ says:

    @11B40:
    Are you arguing that apartheid system wasn’t racist?
    Are you arguing that the apartheid regime in South Africa justly incarcerated Nelson Mandela?

    And yes, Mandela has health problems that he probably wouldn’t have had if he hadn’t been incarcerated by the South African apartheid regime.

  5. 11B40 says:

    @PJ:

    Greetings, PJ:

    At the risk of appearing non-argumentative, I was reporting what the France24 had said and how he managed to let his support for the “narrative” bring him to a conclusion, temporarily I hope, for which he had no factual basis.

    Like yourself, he seemed not to realize the inherent contradiction that Mandela’s living to the rather advanced age of 95 would seem to bespeak the seriousness of the negative effects of his incarceration on his health.

  6. PJ says:

    @11B40:
    It’s been reported, long before he turned 95, that Mandela’s incarceration, both due to the conditions in his cells and due to the work he was forced to do, has had negative effects on his health.

  7. michael reynolds says:

    He’s still critical and unstable. They’re sending him home to die with his family. You’ll want to ahve your obits ready.

    What a great life, though, what a great story. We all have to die, we don’t all get to die as Mandela.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    Who could have guessed that if one lives long enough, the effects of one’s past as a political prisoner of a vile racist regime need not be mentioned…

  9. michael reynolds says:

    @An Interested Party:

    Same thing as Holocaust survivors, dontcha know. The ones who live a long life prove that Dachau was just a sort of big old summer camp.