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Nelson Mandela returns home, 'breathing on his own'

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

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By ANI | ANI – Sat, Jan 29 11:53 AM IST

Johannesburg, Jan 29 (ANI): Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was successfully treated for breathing difficulties during a two-day stay in hospital, has been discharged and is breathing on his own.

Mandela returned to his home in Houghton on Friday for home-based care of a respiratory infection.

South Africa’s Surgeon General Lieutenant General Vejaynand Ramlakan said the icon had suffered an acute respiratory infection, but he was now sufficiently well to be treated at home, ending prolonged uncertainty about his health.

“He has been discharged. Dr Mandela is in high spirits. For a 92-year-old, he surprises us on a daily basis with his powers of recovery,” said Dr. Vejaynand Ramlakan.

Mandela’s admission had brought an outpouring of good wishes for a speedy recovery, and criticism over information black-out on his condition.

In a briefing on his condition at the hospital, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: “Madiba is well… and that should reassure all of us that there is no need for us to panic, there is no need for us to fear for Madiba’s health.”

Earlier, Ramlakan told the briefing that Mandela had received treatment and had responded very well, News24 reports.

The convoy, which led him from the hospital, included the department of defence and military veterans, which is responsible for the well being of former presidents, and bodyguards. (ANI)

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