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Mandela Hospitalized for Eighth Day With Lung Infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for an eighth day for treatment of a lung infection.

Mandela is “doing better,” the South African Press Association quoted his grandson Mandla Mandela as saying at a funeral today for the former president’s cousin, Florence.

Mandela’s health “continues to improve but his condition remains serious,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement after visiting Mandela on June 13.

Mandela, 94, was admitted to the intensive care unit in a Pretoria hospital on June 8 for treatment relating to a recurring lung infection. It’s his fourth stay in hospital since December, after he was treated for pneumonia in April and had gall stones removed.

Also known by his clan name of Madiba, Mandela was South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress party won the 1994 all-race elections that ended apartheid. A Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 1993, Mandela spent 27 years in prison, most of it on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, where he contracted tuberculosis.

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