Mandela Responding to Lung-Infection Treatment

Doctors treating former South African President Nelson Mandela for a lung infection are “satisfied” with his progress in the past 24 hours, President Jacob Zuma’s office said today.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to a undisclosed hospital in the capital, Pretoria, on Dec. 8 for a recurring infection. He became the nation’s first black president after all-race elections in 1994 that brought an end to white-minority rule. Mandela stepped down voluntarily in 1999.

“Doctors attending to former President Mandela have reported that he has made progress during the past 24 hours and they are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment,” Zuma’s office said.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for opposing the apartheid government, had exploratory surgery for an abdominal complaint in February and was hospitalized for an acute respiratory infection a year earlier.

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