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Update: Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital, Condition Critical

Courtesy NBC News

Courtesy NBC News

Anti-apartheid icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital and returned to his home on Sunday, although his condition remained critical, the government said.

"Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable," the presidency said in a statement on its website, referring to Mandela by his clan name. "Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his ... home that he received in Pretoria."

The 95-year-old was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on June 8 with a recurring lung infection attributed to the manual labor he was forced to perform while he was a political prisoner in South Africa nearly three decades.

Mandela's home was reconditioned to allow him to receive intensive care, and he would be treated by the same team as in the hospital in Pretoria, according to the government.

Sources told NBC News that doctors, who tested a critical care unit set-up in Mandela's home in Johannesburg, decided on Saturday that Mandela could return home given his relatively stable condition.

"If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done," according to the presidency's statement.

"Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude," it added.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still in hospital where he has been for three months receiving treatment for a lung infection, the government said on Saturday.

The office of the president said reports by some international media that Mandela, 95, had been discharged and returned to his home were "incorrect".

"Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition," it said in a statement, using Mandela's clan name.

Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with what officials said was a recurring lung infection.

Mandela spent 27 years as a prisoner under apartheid and then emerged to negotiate an end to white minority rule before becoming president in the country's first all-race elections in 1994.

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