Still 'Unstable,' Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital

Home set up to handle intensive health needs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 1, 2013 5:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital today while still in critical condition and was driven in an ambulance to his Johannesburg home, which has been set up to provide intensive care, South Africa's presidency said. On a sunny but cold morning, an ambulance took the anti-apartheid leader home from the Pretoria hospital, where he had been since June 8 for what the government has described as a recurring lung infection. President Jacob Zuma said in a statement today that Mandela's condition "is at times unstable."

"His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there," the statement said. "The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done." There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for the transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation. Mandela turned 95 on July 18.

An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mandela has been in hospital for...   (Denis Farrell)
An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mandela has been in hospital for...   (Denis Farrell)
An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mandela has been in hospital for...   (Denis Farrell)
An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mandela has been in hospital for...   (Denis Farrell)
Unidentified people enter the Johannesburg home of former president Nelson Mandela Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Press gather outside the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from a Pretoria hospital Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Nelson Mandela at a news conference in Johannesburg, in this Wednesday, March, 5, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, file)
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