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Mandela to Stay Hospitalized Until Doctors Happy With Recovery

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela will remain in hospital as long as possible to make a complete recovery from surgery, President Jacob Zuma’s office said.

Mandela, 94, is recovering after being treated for gallstones that were removed on Dec. 15, the Presidency said in an e-mailed statement today. Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on Dec. 8 for tests, which revealed he had a recurring lung infection.

“Doctors are satisfied that the progress he is making is consistent with his age,” the Presidency said. “They say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress.”

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule. This is the second time he has been hospitalized this year after undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery in February. Last year, Mandela received treatment for an acute respiratory infection.

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