Archbishop Tutu Undergoes Investigative Procedure in Hospital

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu underwent an investigative medical procedure to determine the status of an infection that is being treated with antibiotics.

The “small” procedure was carried out on Friday night, Tutu’s family said in a statement e-mailed on Saturday. Tutu will remain in the hospital for another “few days” for further observation and treatment, it said.

“His medical team pronounced themselves satisfied with the progress of his antibiotic treatment,” according to the statement.

Tutu, 83, won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa, which ended a decade later. While retired, the Anglican archbishop remains an outspoken champion on issues ranging from human rights to justice and equality.

Tutu has previously fought prostate cancer. He was hospitalized on July 20 to receive treatment for a persistent infection and released the next day. He was readmitted July 28.

“Although the cancer itself was under control, the infection was a consequence of past treatment that the archbishop had received for prostate cancer,” according to the statement.

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