Johannesburg, Sep 1 (): Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital and returned to his Johannesburg home on Sunday where he will continue to get intensive treatment and care after spending three months in hospital with a lung ailment, the South African president’s office said Sunday.
Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable, the statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma said, referring the revered leader in his clan name. The statement also said, “Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria.” If needed, he will be readmitted to hospital.
Since June, first democratically elected president of South Africa has been in hospital with a lung infection. His prolonged stay in the hospital stay – by far the longest since he was released from prison in 1990 – has caused fear both in South Africa and abroad.
The presidency said that during his three-month stay in hospital the condition of the leader “vacillated between serious to critical and at times unstable”.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate arrived home on Sunday morning. He was transported with assistance with two ambulances, along with police and vehicles carrying his doctors and other medical staff. Police blocked off a section of the street in the classy neighbourhood, where a crowd of reporters and camera crews had gathered.
There was a bit confusion Saturday when two sources close to Mandela said he had returned home only to be denied by the president’s office, which said he was still hospitalized.
On July 18, Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday in hospital. He was showered with tributes from around the world and thousands of well-wishers had visited the hospital where he stayed in Pretoria to leave flowers, cards and gifts.