Mandela Leaves South Africa Hospital to Have Treatment at Home

Former South African President Nelson Mandela left a hospital today after 10 days of treatment for pneumonia, the country’s presidency said.

The discharge of Mandela, 94, follows “sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition,” according to the statement on the website of President Jacob Zuma’s office. “The former president will now receive home-based high care.”

Mandela’s hospitalization was his third in four months, including a scheduled checkup. During his treatment, doctors drained fluid surrounding his lungs.

Mandela served as South Africa’s president for five years, the first black to hold the post, after his African National Congress won the all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994. He spent 27 years in prison, most of it on Robben Island, where he contracted tuberculosis.

Also known by his clan name, Madiba, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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