Mandela 'Much Better' After Week in Hospital

Mandela 'Much Better' After Week in Hospital

Nelson Mandela is “much better” and responding “satisfactorily” to treatment after a week in hospital for pneumonia, the South African presidency said Wednesday.

The ailing 94-year-old, who served as South Africa’s first black president, was making a steady improvement and doctors were happy with his progress, President Jacob Zuma’s office said in a statement.

No details on a possible release were given.

The global peace and anti-apartheid icon was admitted to hospital shortly before midnight a week ago, his third stay since December.

Doctors last week drained excess fluid that had built up on the lining of Mandela’s lungs because of a recurring infection.

The procedure helped him breathe without difficulty.

Last month Mandela spent a night in hospital for a scheduled checkup and in December he was admitted for 18 days for a lung infection and gallstones surgery.

It was his longest admission since he walked free from jail in 1990.

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