Nelson Mandela Reportedly On Life Support

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By: / June 26, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is reportedly on life support. After the 94-year-old was admitted into Pretoria hospital for a lung infection June 8, his condition has worsened over the past several days, according to CBS News.

While the South African government has kept mum about Mandela’s health status, he has been receiving treatment for the past three weeks. “The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba (Mandel’s tribal name) is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” current South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

The chief of Mandela’s tribe has said that the time may be near for the nation’s political hero/ Nobel Peace prize winner.

“I am of the view that if Madiba is no longer enjoying life, and is on life support systems, and is not appreciating what is happening around him, I think the good Lord should take the decision to put him out of his suffering,” said Chief Phathekile Holomisa.

“I did speak to two of his family members, and of course, they are in a lot of pain, and wish that a miracle might happen, that he recovers again, and he becomes his old self again,” he adds. “But at the same time they are aware there is a limit what miracles you can have.”

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