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Nelson Mandela Discharged from Hospital, Says S. African Government

April 6, 2013

Johannesburg (dpa) - Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after treatment for pneumonia, the government said Saturday.

Mandela, 94, was discharged "following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition," said spokesman Mac Maharaj, according to the Sapa news agency. His treatment will now continue at home.

He was admitted to hospital on March 27 with pneumonia and since had fluid drained from his lungs.

In December, he spent 18 days in hospital, where he underwent gallstone surgery and received treatment for his recurring lung infection. It was the Apartheid-icon's longest stay in hospital since he was released from prison in 1990 after 27 years behind bars.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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