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Sunday
Jun092013

Nelson Mandela Spends Second Night in Hospital

Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, spent a second night in the hospital battling a lung infection on Saturday.

On Saturday, South Africa officials said Mandela was in "serious but stable condition" with his family by his side.

As of Sunday morning, officials have not released any updates on Mandela's condition.

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner's "condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital," early Saturday morning, according to a statement from the office of South African President Jacob Zuma.

"The former President is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable," the statement said. "President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the nation, wishes Madiba [Mandela's clan nickname] a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family."

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

Families throughout South Africa prayed for Mandela's recovery as they attended church services on Sunday.

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.

Mandela had been ill for some days before being taken to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday.

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Saturday
Jun082013

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized with Lung Infection

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is in "serious but stable condition" after contracting a lung infection, South Africa officials said.

The 94-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner's "condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital," early Saturday morning according to statement from the office of South African President Jacob Zuma.

"The former President is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable," the statement said. "President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the nation, wishes Madiba a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family," Zuma said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

Mandela spent 18 days in April 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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Sunday
Mar312013

Nelson Mandela Continues to Receive Medical Treatment

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in the hospital and continues to receive treatment, according to a press release issued on Sunday by a spokesman for South Africa's president.

“Government is satisfied that the doctors are providing the former president with the best medical care possible to enable his recovery and comfort. They have reported a further improvement in his condition,” presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in the statement.

President Jacob Zuma added in the statement, "We also thank all people at home and around the world, who continue to keep Madiba and his family in their thoughts and to show their love and support in various ways. We also thank foreign governments for their messages of support."

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Sunday
Dec092012

Nelson Mandela ‘Looked Well’ and in ‘Good Hands’: South African President Jacob Zuma

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- South Africans are keeping a watchful eye on Nelson Mandela after the former president and anti-apartheid leader was hospitalized this weekend.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday for routine medical testing – “which is consistent for his age” South African officials said.

“We wish Madiba all the best. The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding President of a free and democratic South Africa,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Saturday.

On Sunday morning, Zuma visited Mandela and said “Mandela looked well and he can assure us he’s in good hands” according to presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.

No other details were released.

Over the years, Mandela has had his share of health issues.

In February, Mandela was admitted to the hospital to receive treatment for a “long-standing abdominal complaint.”

Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg in Jan. 2011 with a respiratory infection.

Mandela’s last public appearance was in July of 2010, when he attended the final match and closing ceremonies of the World Cup held in South Africa.

Mandela was released from prison in 1990, after serving nearly three decades of hard labor at Robben Island.

Mandela, who fought to dismantle the country’s racist regime was elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

After he left office in 1999, Mandela became a global statesman, mediating conflicts in some of the world’s most troubled spots.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Prince Philip Leaves Hospital After Heart Surgery

Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After missing the traditional Boxing Day shooting party on Monday, Britain's Prince Philip has finally been given the green light to join the royal family at Sandringham.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband was released from the hospital on Tuesday after being held under observation for four nights following a successful coronary stent procedure.  He was brought to Papworth, a specialist heart hospital in Cambridgeshire, after suffering chest pains last Friday.

This health setback is believed to be the most serious of Philip's life and doctors wanted to make sure that his stent, which unblocks a coronary artery, was working properly before they released him.

Due to the hospitalization, the prince was also forced to miss the traditional Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for the first time.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Ousted Egyptian President in Stable Condition; To Appear in Court

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Doctors at the hospital where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is staying say he is in stable condition after being admitted with heart problems.

The ousted leader was formally detained Wednesday by state prosecutors and he's now expected to be transferred from the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital to a medical facility in Cairo where he's been called into court.

Egyptian state TV says Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, will appear in a Cairo court on Tuesday, April 19.  The hearing is believed to be related to the 15-day detention all three have been put under by the prosecutor general.  They're being investigated on allegations of corruption, abuse of power and ordering the killings of protesters.

Pro-democracy activists have been demanding Mubarak be put on trial.  Many believe if he is not formally charged, another wave of mass protests could break out against the new military government.

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Wednesday
Mar302011

President of Power Company that Runs Japan's Nuclear Plant Hospitalized

DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The president of the power company operating Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been hospitalized as fears of a nuclear meltdown at the plant continue to rise.

Masataka Shimizu, 66, was admitted to a hospital after suffering from high blood pressure and dizziness, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Company announced at a news conference Wednesday.

TEPCO also said that its chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, will step in and take charge of the company while the president is being treated.

Shimizu hasn't been seen in public in over two weeks.  His last public appearance was at a news conference on March 13, two days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

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Thursday
Mar242011

Three Plant Workers Hospitalized in Japan for Radiation Injuries

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Three workers from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were hospitalized Thursday after suffering radiation injuries.

The workers were trying to restore a broken pump when "they stepped into water and the water apparently contained higher levels of radiation.  As a result workers were exposed to the radiation," Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said through an NHK TV translator.

The three workers are being treated for cutaneous injuries on their legs.

All work has been halted on the plant for the time being.

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Friday
Feb042011

Egypt: Doctors Say Dozens More Dead Than Official Figures Claim

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Exhausted emergency room doctors working in two Egyptian hospitals estimate that at least 45 people have died from injuries suffered in the street battles by protesters demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down, and treated more than 900 people for wounds ranging from cracked heads from large stones to bullet wounds.

The estimated death toll is higher than the five deaths that were cited by the Egyptian Health Ministry earlier this week.  The death toll is likely higher than 45 because other hospitals could not be reached or did not offer any figures on casualties.

Most of the wounded brought to Cairo University were treated for mild to moderate injuries and released.  But on Thursday, 86 severely wounded patients remained at the hospital.  The worst-injured suffered brain trauma from bullets, depression fractures from large stones and "massive lacerations of the liver" caused by knives and other sharp tools wielded in street attacks around Tahrir Square, said Dr. Alia Abdel Fattah, a critical care specialist overseeing emergency and intensive care units at the university's nine hospitals.

Fattah estimated that in two days, her staff saw 62 ruptured globes, which are tears in the surface of the eyeball, created during trauma.

Fattah said some of the most critically ill "died just on arrival, and some when we were doing resuscitation, because they arrived late."  She counted 10 deaths at the hospitals in the first four days of protests, and another five to six deaths on Wednesday.

In Alexandria, a physician who asked not to be publicly identified, said that last Friday, he saw "masses of people coming into our ER" and estimated that "about 30 protesters" had died on arrival after being hit by "gunfire from live bullets to the chest, abdomen and head."  He described "tens of patients" with bullet injuries to the chest, and others with bullets that had penetrated their brains and left them "deeply comatose."  Like many doctors and surgeons, he described large numbers of people treated for "ruptured eye globes due to rubber bullets."

Despite the early chaos, he described relative calm in Alexandria on Wednesday, when his hospital had no trauma cases.

Reports from hospital-based physicians suggested that casualties and deaths far outpaced official figures provided by the Egyptian government.  On Thursday, Egypt's health minister told state television there were five dead and more than 800 injured after overnight violence.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Minister in the Presidency: Nelson Mandela 'Recovering Well'

Photo Courtesy - Trevor Samson/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is doing well after being discharged from a hospital last week to receive medical care at home, according to Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane.

Chabane issued a statement Thursday, saying the 92-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate "had the expertise of doctors around him all the time" and was "recovering well."

Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Jan. 26 for an acute respiratory infection.  He underwent several specialized medical tests during his stay, before he was discharged on Jan. 28.

A source close to Mandela who visited him in the hospital told ABC News that while Mandela is old and frail, there is no indication that his demise is imminent.  He says Mandela is coherent and aware and can speak.

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