Zuma: Mandela Has Recovered

Says 94-year-old icon 'continues to improve'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 6, 2013 7:45 AM CST

(Newser) – South Africa's president says that Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and surgical procedure to remove gallstones. South African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement today announcing that doctors say that Mandela, 94, has made "steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve." Mandela was hospitalized for nearly three weeks in December before going home on Dec. 26.

Zuma's statement said Mandela "continues to receive high care" at his Johannesburg home and "his daily routine is being gradually re-established." Zuma congratulated Mandela on his recovery and said the anti-apartheid icon has "the love and support of all South Africans."

A giant portrait of former president Nelson Mandela adorns a cooling tower of a now defunct power station in Soweto, South Africa, Monday, Dec 31, 2012. Mandela is recovering at his Johannesburg home since being hopitalized for a lung infection and undergoing gallstone surgery.
A giant portrait of former president Nelson Mandela adorns a cooling tower of a now defunct power station in Soweto, South Africa, Monday, Dec 31, 2012. Mandela is recovering at his Johannesburg home...   (Denis Farrell)
In this June 17, 2010 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela at the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg.
In this June 17, 2010 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela at the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg.   (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool, File)
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