(Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said on Thursday.
A statement said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted shortly before midnight. It gave no further details other than to say he was receiving the “best possible expert medical treatment and comfort”.
President of the Republic of South Africa — Full Statement:
We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery.
Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 3:44 a.m. ET:
Presidential spokesman tells Sky News Nelson Mandela is conscious and receiving treatment in hospital following recurrence of lung infection— Sky News Newsdesk
#Mandela Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj tells Sky: ‘We all love him and want him to be with us as long as possible’— Alex Crawford
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