Mandela undergoes successful gallstone surgery
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela has undergone successful surgery to remove gallstones.
The presidency said the 94-year-old Mandela underwent the surgery Saturday. The presidency said Mandela's doctors wanted to treat a recurrent lung infection before putting him through the surgery.
The statement said: "The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering." It referred to Mandela by his clan name as a sign of affection.
Mandela has been hospitalised since Dec. 8.