After Surgery, Mandela Is Recovering

On Saturday, Madiba underwent a successful procedure to remove gallstones.

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On Saturday, Nelson Mandela underwent surgery to remove gallstones and is currently recovering in the hospital. The South African icon has been struggling with health issues for several weeks, and CNN reports that South African president Jacob Zuma says that the 94-year-old civil rights activist is on the mend.

The procedure was successful and Mandela, who has been hospitalized since last weekend due to a recurring lung infection, is recovering, the statement said.

Mandela has not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa. The former president gets round-the-clock care since abdominal surgery this year and an acute respiratory infection in 2011.

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