Monday, April 1, 2013

Mandela fighting pneumonia; condition unchanged in 6 six days

Nelson Mandela, 94, remains in hospital fighting pneumonia with no significant change in his condition since he was admitted last Wednesday.

In an official statement Monday, which is Family Day in South Africa, the government said the former President spent part the day with some members of his family. 

On Sunday an update from the state noted that Mandela "had a restful day" and was improving.

Mandela contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while he was a political prisoner and reports say his lungs were damaged while working in a prison quarry.

Churches across the country held prayers for Mandela over the weekend.

Mandela served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999 and is regarded by many as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid. As president he forgave his former enemies and urged South Africans of all races to work together and seek reconciliation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

  • 1918 Born in the Eastern Cape
  • 1943 Joins African National Congress
  • 1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped
  • 1962 Arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years in prison
  • 1964 Charged again, sentenced to life
  • 1990 Freed from prison
  • 1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1994 Elected first black president
  • 1999 Steps down as leader
  • 2004 Retires from public life
  • 2005 Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness

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Jai & Sero

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
Amit, Heather, Fuzz, Aj, Jiv, Shiva, Rampa, Sero, Jai