Mandela Recovers From Infection, Surgery

The former South African president is making "steady progress" after battling a lung infection.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela (Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images News)

Good news about the health of 94-year-old South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. After having been hospitalized for three weeks in December for treatment of a lung infection and a surgical procedure to remove gallstones, he's making "steady progress" and "continues to improve," according to an announcement by President Jacob Zuma.

From the Huffington Post:

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.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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