Mandela's health improving: S.Africa presidency
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Nelson Mandela's health is improving and he will continue to receive treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia, the South African presidency said Sunday, as the anti-apartheid icon spent a fifth night in hospital.
Doctors "have reported a further improvement in his condition," President Jacob Zuma's office said he "had a restful day and continues to receive treatment." 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," Mr Zuma's office said on Saturday. It was unclear how long South Africa's first black president would remain hospitalised. Last year he had an 18-day hospital stint in December.