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Mandela visited in hospital by family amid treatment for pneumonia

The 94-year-old former president of South Africa was hospitalized nearly a week ago for a recurrence of pneumonia. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Relatives of Nelson Mandela have visited the hospital where the former South African leader is being treated for pneumonia, the country’s presidency said.

A statement, issued Monday, said there had been “no significant change in his condition” since Sunday night.

“He spent part of Family Day [a public holiday in South Africa] today with some members of his family, who appreciate the support they have been receiving from the public,” it added.

On Sunday, the presidency said that the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon had had a “restful day” and his condition had “improved further.”


View images of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who went from anti-apartheid activist to prisoner to South Africa's first black president.

“We thank all people at home and around the world, who continue to keep ‘Mandiba’ [Mandela] and his family in their thoughts and to show their love and support in various ways,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement issued Sunday, referring to the apartheid-era hero by his clan name.

Last December, Mandela spent 18 days at the hospital as he was being treated for lung infection and gallstones.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis while a political prisoner under the apartheid regime. 


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