Nelson Mandela leaves the hospital

By Daniel S Levine,

Nelson Mandela, the former South Africa president and Nobel laureate, has been discharged from the hospital after nearly two weeks.

The 94-year-old was hospitalized in Pretoria earlier this month for a lung infection. However, it was later announced that he had surgery to remove gallstones, reports NBC News.

President Jacob Zuma’s spokesman, Mac Maharja said that Mandela was released today and will receive care at his home in Johannesburg.

“He will undergo home-based high care at his (Johannesburg) home until he recovers fully,” the government stated, reports Reuters. “We request a continuation of the privacy consideration in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery.”

Zuma visited Mandela on Christmas, noting that the anti-apartheid hero was “in good spirits.”

“The Mandela family truly appreciates all the support they are receiving from the public. That is what keeps them going at this difficult time,” Zuma said last week.

Mandela was South Africa’s first president, leading the country from 1994 to 1999. He has not been seen publicly since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010 and was hospitalized last year. He is still a beloved figure around the world and his image now appears on currency in South Africa.



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