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Mandela spends fourth day in hospital, treated for pneumonia

Published on Apr 1, 2013 12:36 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day Sunday after South African officials said the anti-apartheid hero was making steady progress following treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia.

The frail 94-year-old, one of the towering figures of modern history, was admitted late Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months.

Doctors drained a build-up of fluid, known as a pleural effusion or "water on the lungs", that had developed from the lung infection.

That procedure helped him "breathe without difficulty," President Jacob Zuma's office said in the last update issued on Saturday.

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