Nelson Mandela responds to treatment
Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, has confirmed that the former South African President is “doing well” and is “responding very well to treatment” following a recurring lung infection.
Winnie added that “We thank the media for giving us space and respecting the privacy of the family” and extended thanks to individuals such as US President Barack Obama who have shown support, saying that “We were very touched when we heard President Barack Obama also wishing Dada well and it is very inspiring that at least we have the world on our side”.
A statement has been issued explaining that the 94-year-old Mr Mandela is still being treated and will remain under observation in hospital. The anti- apartheid leader had previously been hospitalised for eighteen days in December due to gallstones and a lung infection. It is the fourth time in two years that Mr Mandela has been admitted amid fears for his health.
The current South African President has issued a statement encouraging the support and prayers of people around the world: “We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba [Mr Mandela] and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery.”