Entries in hospital (13)


Nelson Mandela Remains in Critical Condition

Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital where he has been listed in "critical but stable" condition with a lung infection for the past month.

On Friday, Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, said that the 94-year-old is responding to treatment. She added that she is less anxious about his condition.

Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela visited the former South African president in the hospital on Friday, along with his granddaughters and one of his daughters. His 95th birthday is on Thursday.

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Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, took a turn for the worse and was in critical condition on Sunday in his battle with a lung infection, according to a statement from the South African president's office.

"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," South African Jacob Zuma said, using Mandela's tribal nickname.

Mandela had been listed in "serious but stable condition" for since he entered the hospital June 8.

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner's medical team informed the president's office that Mandela's condition become critical over the past 24 hours, according to the statement.

Zuma reiterated Sunday that Mandela's health was not compromised when the ambulance that was bringing him to the hospital in June 8 broke down.

"There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care," Zuma said. "The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses. The doctors also dismissed the media reports that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that report."

Mandela was forced to wait for a second ambulance after the first one broke down, the South African government admitted Saturday.

"When the ambulance experienced engine problems it was decided that it would be best to transfer to another military ambulance which itself was accompanied for the rest of the journey by a civilian ambulance," the president's office said Saturday.

Mandela was rushed to the hospital in the early morning hours of June 8, after his health deteriorated rapidly from a recurring lung infection.

News of Mandela's turn for the worse comes after a week in which there were several statement's that his health was improving.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki suggested Saturday that Mandela was getting better.

After speaking to Mandela's doctors, Mbeki told a South African radio station, "Nelson Mandela is improving in terms of his health. I don't think anyone should entertain some sort of wrong notion that Nelson Mandela is about to die tomorrow. He's not going to."

Earlier this week, Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini told a crowd of reporters outside Mediclinic Heart Hospital her father "is doing very well." President Jacob Zuma has also said publicly Mandela's health is "improving."

In April, Mandela spent 18 days in the hospital due to a lung infection and was treated for gall stones in December 2012.

Mandela served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

In 1993, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending apartheid through non-violent means.

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Gunmen Attack Hospital in Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUETTA, Pakistan) -- Gunmen took control of parts of a hospital in Quetta, in Southwest Pakistan on Saturday.

Pakistan's interior minister said that security forces stormed up to the building and killed four attackers. A fifth attacker was captured and all 35 hostages were freed.

The extremist Sunni militant group Laskar-e-Jhangvi said that it carried out both the hospital attack and an earlier explosion on a bus. At least eleven students were killed in the bus explosion. The hospital where the takeover took place is where the students injured in the bus explosion were being treated.

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Nelson Mandela Discharged from Hospital

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PETORIA, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital on Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the South African President’s office.

Mandela, 94, has “returned to his Johannesburg home following a successful medical examination at a Pretoria hospital,” the statement said.

“The doctors have completed the tests. He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team,” a spokesman for the South African President’s office said.

The former president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for a scheduled medical check-up.

In December, the anti-Apartheid activist was hospitalized for 18 days. He was treated for gallstones and a lung infection.

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Nelson Mandela in Hospital for Check-Up

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for a scheduled medical check-up, according to a statement from the South African President’s office.

Mandela, 94, is undergoing tests at a Pretoria hospital to “manage existing conditions in line with his age,” the statement said. Doctors have said there is no cause for alarm.

In December, the anti-Apartheid activist was hospitalized for 18 days. He was treated for gallstones and a lung infection.

Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.

Despite rare public appearances, Mandela, who is credited with changing race relations in South Africa, remains hugely popular in the country.

In November 2012, banknotes featuring Mandela’s image were printed and entered into circulation in South Africa.

After enduring nearly three decades of prison, much of it at hard labor in a lime quarry, Mandela emerged as a gentle leader who became South Africa’s first black president. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in ending apartheid without violence, and later became a global statesman who inspired millions people around the world.

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Queen Elizabeth Admitted to London Hospital

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Queen Elizabeth has been admitted to a London hospital Sunday as a precaution after experiencing symptoms of a stomach bug, according to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

The 86-year-old monarch is being assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis at King Edward VII hospital in London.

All official engagements for this week, including the Queen's trip to Rome, will be either postponed or cancelled as a precaution, the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth is said to be in good spirits and is expected to be in the hospital for two days.

Gastroenteritis is an infection that causes inflammation of the stomach lining and intestines. Symptoms can include vomiting, fever and a stomach ache.

The queen's sickness was first announced on Friday, and she spent Saturday resting at Windsor Castle, just outside of London.

Queen Elizabeth rarely misses engagements due to illness. She was last hospitalized ten years ago when she underwent keyhole surgery on her knees.

In 2012, the monarch marked 60 years on the throne with a massive Diamond Jubilee celebration.

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Nelson Mandela Discharged from Hospital

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela will be able to spend at least part of the holiday season with his family at home rather than in a hospital room.

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner was discharged on Wednesday night from an undisclosed hospital in the capital city of Pretoria, but will still need to receive medical care at his home in nearby Johannesburg, government officials said.

“He will undergo home-based high care at his Houghton home until he recovers fully,” said a statement from the South African Office of the Presidency, referring to the neighborhood where Mandela’s home is located.

Mandela was hospitalized Dec. 8 for medical tests that revealed a recurring lung infection and gallstones.  It was his longest hospital stay in decades, and concern was growing each day for the revered anti-apartheid hero considered to be the father of the South African democracy.

Government officials have not been willing to release many details about Mandela’s treatment or condition.

Current President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was in “good spirits” when he visited him in the hospital on Christmas morning.  Earlier in the week, Zuma said Mandela had been in serious condition when first hospitalized, but was responding to treatment and looking better.

Mandela was briefly hospitalized in February for tests to find the source of abdominal pain, but was well enough by this summer to receive visitors, including the Clinton family, at his other home in his rural childhood village called Qunu.

After spending more than 27 years in prison for his fight against a racist, whites-only government, Mandela championed the movement for racial reconciliation in South Africa.  Beginning in 1994, he served one 5-year term as the country’s first black president.

Mandela has been retired from public life for more than a decade and has spent most of the past year in the remote village of Qunu.  There’s no word yet on when he might be well enough to return to Qunu.

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John McAfee Returned to Guatemala Detention Center After Hospitalization

JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images(GUATEMALA CITY) -- Software millionaire John McAfee has been returned to a detention cell in Guatemala after being rushed to a Guatemala City hospital via ambulance.

McAfee, 67 -- who soon may be deported back to Belize, where authorities want to question him about the shooting death of his neighbor -- was reportedly found prostrate on the floor of his cell and unresponsive.

He was wheeled into the hospital on a gurney. Photographers followed in pursuit right into the emergency room, but as emergency workers eased McAfee's limp body from the gurney and onto a bed and began to remove his suit, he suddenly spoke up, saying, "Please, not in front of the press."

Earlier Thursday, McAfee had complained of chest pains, raising concerns he might be having a heart attack.

However, that did not appear to be the case. Hours after his emergency, hospital officials released McAfee, telling ABC News they found no reason to keep him overnight. He was sent back to the immigration detention center in Guatemala City.

McAfee's attorney said he had been suffering from stress and a rapid heartbeat.

McAfee had been scheduled to be deported to Belize, ABC News has learned. But a judge could stay the ruling if it is determined that McAfee's life is threatened by being in Belizean custody, as McAfee has claimed in the past several weeks.

McAfee's attorneys hope to continue delaying the deportation by appealing to the Guatemala's high court on humanitarian grounds.

Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the Belize government, said that if McAfee is deported to Belize, he would immediately be handed over to police and detained for up to 48 hours unless charges are brought against him.

"There is more that we know about the investigation, but that remains part of the police work," he said, hinting at possible charges.

He added that a handover by Guatemala would be "the neighborly thing to do."

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Guatemala said that "due to privacy considerations," the embassy would "have no comment on the specifics of this situation," but that "U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the countries in which they are traveling or residing, and must work within the host countries' legal framework."

Just hours before McAfee's arrest, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview Wednesday he would be seeking asylum in Guatemala. McAfee was arrested by the Central American country's immigration police and not the national police, said his attorney, who was confident his client would be released within hours.

"Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity," said McAfee before his arrest. "I chose Guatemala carefully."

McAfee said that in Guatemala, the locals aren't surprised when he says the Belizean government is out to kill him.

"Instead of going, 'You're crazy,' they go, 'Yeah, of course they are,'" he said. "It's like, finally, I understand people who understand the system here."

But McAfee added he has not ruled out moving back to the United States, where he made his fortune as the inventor of anti-virus software, and that despite losing much of his fortune he still has more money than he could ever spend.

In his interview with ABC News, a jittery and animated but candid McAfee called the media's representation of him a "nightmare that is about to explode," and said he's prepared to prove his sanity.

McAfee has been on the run from police in Belize since the Nov. 10 murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Greg Faull.

During his three-week journey, said McAfee, he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times and hid in many different places.

He dismissed accounts of erratic behavior and reports that he had been using the synthetic drug bath salts. He said he had never used the drug, and said statements that he had were part of an elaborate prank.

Investigators said that McAfee was not a suspect in the death of the former developer, who was found shot in the head in his house on the resort island of San Pedro, but that they wanted to question him.

McAfee told ABC News that the poisoning death of his dogs and the murder just hours later of Faull, who had complained about his dogs, was a coincidence.

McAfee has been hiding from police ever since Faull's death -- but Telesforo Guerra, McAfee's lawyer in Guatemala, said the tactic was born out of necessity, not guilt.

"You don't have to believe what the police say," Guerra told ABC News. "Even though they say he is not a suspect they were trying to capture him."

Guerra, who is a former attorney general of Guatemala, said it would take two to three weeks to secure asylum for his client.

According to McAfee, Guerra is also the uncle of McAfee's 20-year-old girlfriend, Samantha. McAfee said the government raided his beachfront home and threatened Samantha's family.

Belizean authorities said there was no manhunt, and have questioned McAfee's sanity.

"He is extremely paranoid. I would go far as to say even bonkers," said Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, circling his index finger.

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Kate Middleton to Remain in the Hospital 'Several Days' More

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton is spending her second day at King Edward VII Hospital in London after she was admitted on Monday following the announcement of her pregnancy.  And she may have to stay there at least several more days.

The Clarence House confirmed to ABC News that Kate will be in the hospital for "several days," and will then require a "period of rest" battling severe morning sickness.

Prince William has been the only member of the royal family seen visiting Kate in the hospital.  William departed the hospital Monday night around 8 p.m. before arriving again Tuesday morning to be at his wife's bedside.

A palace source told ABC News that the royal couple decided to go public with the pregnancy because Kate had to be hospitalized.

"Well they didn't want to let it out because she's still probably about the 10-week mark but they knew that once Kate was seen going into the hospital… that it was going to be out of their hands and then the media would have control of the announcement," Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told ABC's Good Morning America.

William and Kate were spending time with her parents in Bucklebury when she became ill with the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute nausea.

Prince William sprung into action and drove his wife along with their personal security team 50 miles in their Range River to the hospital where Kate was placed on an IV drip.

The royal family was only notified of Kate's pregnancy mere hours before the rest of the world.

"They quickly told the queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and then they made the announcement at 4 o'clock yesterday," Seward told GMA on Tuesday.

The announcement follows relentless public and media speculation about when Prince William and his wife would have an heir.  The guessing game began almost immediately after the couple said, "I do" in April 2011.

It's customary for the royal couple to have a child within the first year of marriage.  Princess Diana gave birth to William just 11 months after her wedding, and the queen gave birth to Prince Charles six days before her first wedding anniversary.

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Prince Phillip Released from Hospital After Five Days

Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Philip has rejoined the royal family after being hospitalized for a recurrence of the bladder infection he suffered earlier this summer.

The Duke of Edinburgh was released from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Monday after five days of treatment.  

Buckingham Palace said the prince was admitted to the hospital last Wednesday as “as a precautionary measure.”  The hospitalization stemmed from a bladder infection the 91-year-old suffered in June during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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