The recent illness of former South African President Nelson Mandela has been shrouded in mystery since its inception. But South African President Jacob Zuma recently made an announcement that Mandela has been recovering from gallstone surgery. The doctors say that the 94-year old former leader has made “steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve.”
Mandela was in the hospital for nearly three weeks last month and came home right after Christmas. He is still under constant care at his home, and his health doesn’t seem to be the best these days.
Zuma congratulated Mandela on his recovery and said the anti-apartheid icon has “the love and support of all South Africans.”
Mandela has been reading newspapers, sitting up in bed and receiving visitors, according to reports in the South African media.
The news that Mandela has recovered from the recurring lung infection and the minor surgery will reassure many in South Africa concerned about the health of the aged leader, who has become increasingly frail over the years.
A year ago, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged days later. He also had surgery for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985.