Mandela's condition deteriorates, critical
24 June 2013, 07:41
Pretoria - The condition of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who is being treated in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, has become critical.
Mandela, now a frail 94-year-old, was previously said to be
in a serious but stable condition.
Mandela was hospitalised on 8 June for what the government
said was a recurring lung infection.
President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former president in hospital on Sunday, Zuma's spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said.
were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former
president’s condition had become critical over the past 24 hours.
Zuma and Ramaphosa also met with Mandela's wife, Graça Machel, at the hospital and discussed Madiba’s condition, Maharaj said.
"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," said Zuma.
He appealed to the nation and the world to pray for Madiba, the family and the medical team that is attending to him during this difficult time.
Zuma in the statement also discussed the government's
acknowledgement a day earlier that an ambulance carrying Mandela to the
hospital had broken down, requiring the former
president to be transferred to another ambulance for his journey to the
"There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full
control of the situation throughout the period.
"He had expert medical
care," Zuma said.
"The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full
complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care
specialists and ICU nurses.
"The doctors also dismissed the media reports
that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that
report," Zuma said.
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