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Mandela Discharged From Hospital, in Critical Condition

Mandela Leaves Hospital to Remain Under Intensive Care at Home
Children walk past flags picturing former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto Township in Johannesburg. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who led the struggle against apartheid, has been discharged from the hospital.

“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,” the South African presidency said in an e-mailed statement today. “His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. The health-care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital.”

Mandela had been hospitalized since June 8 with a recurring lung infection. Doctors downgraded his condition to critical on June 23. Mandela, 95, who was jailed from 1964 to 1990, served a five-year term as president after the African National Congress swept to victory in South Africa’s first multi-race elections in 1994. He earned global praise for urging reconciliation, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

“Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable,” the presidency said, referring to him by his clan name. “Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude.”

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