Nelson Mandela Released From Hospital, Returns Home

Nelson Mandela was reportedly released from the hospital, and has returned to his home. The former South African president was admitted on June 8 with a chronic lung infection.

Mandela remained in the hospital for nearly three months. At times he was listed as critically ill. At the age of 95, Mandela has shown remarkable strength.

As reported by BBC, Nelson contracted the lung infection while he was imprisoned for his fight against poverty, racism, and inequality.

Mandela spent close to 30 years in prison for his protests against apartheid. Following his release, he became South Africa’s first black president.

Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Willem de Klerk in 1993.

Well-wishers flooded the Pretoria MediClinic Heart Hospital with cards, flowers, and tributes. South African President Jacob Zuma expressed his respect for the former leader, encouraging prayers for his recovery.

Nelson Mandela has reportedly returned to his Johannesburg home to complete his recovery. His home is equipped with everything necessary to continue his treatment at home with his family.

As reported by 3 News, there have been several conflicting reports about Mandela’s recent health.

The last official statement, on August 24, listed him as “critical but stable.” Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, stated that his grandfather was “a lot more responsive… a little bit more alert… a bit more aware… a little bit stronger.”

Some of Mandela’s visitors reported that he was on respiratory life support. Others said the machines were simply offering breathing assistance.

Most recently, President Zuma and Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, both reported that Mandela was showing improvement.

Mandela’s current medical condition is not officially confirmed. However, he was at least well enough to make the trip from Pretoria to Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela’s family has not made an official statement about his condition or release. However, he is most likely relieved to be back home after his extended hospital stay.

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