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Nelson Mandela has seldom been in pain, says wife

Published on Jul 4, 2013 6:35 PM
 
South African icon Nelson Mandela (left) and his wife Graca Machel arrive for the 2010 Fifa World Cup final on July 11, 2010, at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, Mr Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, Ms Machel said on Thursday, July 4, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, ailing South African icon Nelson Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has seldom been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said on Thursday.

"Now it is about 25 days we have been in hospital," Ms Machel said, giving thanks for the outpouring of well wishes from around the world for the Nobel peace laureate.

“Although Madiba sometimes may be uncomfortable, very few times he is in pain,” she said using Mandela’s clan name.

The former president, who turns 95 later this month, was rushed to hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

 
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