Nelson Mandela’s health is critical but improving, South African president Jacob Zuma says

Posted: August 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Metro

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital but his health is improving slowly.

He is making ‘slow but steady improvement’, according to South African president Jacob Zuma.

Supporters have feared for the 95-year-old’s health since he was taken to hospital with a lung infection on June 8.

Doctors have even been forced to deny claims that Mr Mandela was close to death and in a ‘vegetative state’.

Mr Zuma thanked South Africans and people around the world who have prayed for the anti-apartheid campaigner and former president.

Mr Mandela’s youngest daughter Zindzi offered hope on Friday that he was on the mend.

‘Tata [father] now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day,’ she said.

‘Every day, you know, he is becoming more alert, more responsive and so on.’

Mr Mandela was forced to…

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