Nelson Mandela to spend Christmas in hospital, government says
Nelson Mandela and his third wife, Graca Machel, arrive at the 2010 World Cup before the final match on July 11, 2010.
December 24th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Nelson Mandela to spend Christmas in hospital, government says

Former South African President Nelson Mandela will remain in a Pretoria hospital through Christmas, the government said on Monday.

In a statement on his website, President Jacob Zuma said that Mandela is responding well to treatment.

"We also humbly invite all freedom loving people around the world to pray for him. He is an ardent fighter and will recover from this episode with all our support," said Zuma, who visited Mandela on Saturday.

Mandela, 94, has received round-the-clock care since an acute respiratory infection in 2011. He was hospitalized for a lung infection on December 8; and on December 15, he had successful endoscopic surgery to have gallstones removed.

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  1. 1608

    Obama is cnn most intriguing person of the year. Have a good day S. Palin..

    December 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I wish Mr. Mandela the very best.

    December 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Thank you, Santa, love.

    December 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Venus Flytrap

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    December 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |