Mandela Discharged From Hospital

'No need to panic': surgeon-general

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 28, 2011 5:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Nelson Mandel’s longer-than-usual hospital visit sparked a flurry of concern and press speculation, but the former South African president left the ward today, having responded well to treatment for acute respiratory infection, the AP reports. The 92-year-old will receive care at home, said the surgeon-general. “Dr. Mandela is in high spirits and has been visited by his family and friends,” he noted. “Medically, at present, there is no need to panic.”

The ambulance carrying former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A woman walks past a local newspaper headlining former South African president Nelson Mandela in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
This undated image released Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation shows Nelson Mandela holding an advance copy of his book entitled "Conversations with Myself."   (AP Photo/Debbie Yazbek, Nelson Mandela Foundation)
Children from an adjacent school pose with a giant get well card for former South African President Nelson Mandela who was receiving treatment at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, Jan. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
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