Beloved anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has been admitted to a hospital for a lung infection.
South Africa’s first black president, Mr. Mandela is 94 years old.
Over the past few years his health has declined at an alarming rate.
The Nobel laureate was admitted to a hospital just before midnight Wednesday “due to the recurrence of his lung infection,” the office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.
Mandela contracted tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting white racist rule in South Africa. He has repeatedly had lung problems.
“Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort,” the statement from the presidency said. It appealed “for understanding and privacy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work.”
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