NATIONAL: (By Faisal Muhammad)– After getting some recovery from long ailment, Nelson Mandela (95) has returned to home from hospital. People started gathering around his home to greet him. He is been hospitalised four times in the past year and his latest stay lasted 84 days.
He has gone to his Johannesburg home, where he is continuing to receive intensive care. South Africa’s first democratically elected president has been in hospital since June with a lung infection.
A visitor, John blair, told the newsmen at Mandela house that as soon as he heard that Mr Mandela had left hospital, he woke up the children, jumped in the car and drove here.
“It’s a spring day and we hope this will be a new dawn for Mandela that he will be a healthier person,” he told me.
“If he dies, we won’t feel the same – this world won’t be the same,” said his young daughter after reading some of the pebbles outside the house painted with messages of goodwill and love for the 95-year-old.
The statement from the presidency tells us that behind the high walls of his home, Mr Mandela will still receive the same level of intensive care from the same people who treated him at the Pretoria hospital – so in effect a special medical unit has been created.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is revered around the world for leading the fight against white minority rule and preaching reconciliation with the white community despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
“His team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria [hospital],” the statement from President Jacob Zuma’s says.
It adds that Mr Mandela’s home in the suburb of Houghton has been “reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there” and he will be treated by the same health care personnel who have been looking after him since 8 June.
If necessary, he will be readmitted to hospital, the presidency says.
Despite his various illnesses, the statement from Mr Zuma’s office notes, the former president had displayed “immense grace and fortitude”.
The South African government has released few details about his condition, appealing for Mr Mandela’s privacy and dignity to be respected.
The impetus to bring him back to Johannesburg has almost certainly come from Mr Mandela’s close relatives, who – like many families in a similar situation – would prefer to care for him in the comfort and privacy of a home”
“It is a day of celebration for us, that he is finally back home with us,” said his grandson Mandla Mandela.
An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
After almost three months in a Pretoria hospital, Nelson Mandela was driven the 55km (34 miles) to his home in Johannesburg on Mr Mandela’s lung condition is said to result from the tuberculosis he contracted during the 27 years he spent in prison for taking up arms against white minority rule. He became president after 1994 elections – the first time black South Africans were allowed to vote – and stepped down five years later.
His last public appearance was at the 2010 football World Cup, which South Africa hosted.
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