South Africans Pray as Nelson Mandela Fights Lung Infection

The former South African leader was taken to a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection early Saturday and remains listed in "serious" condition. 

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Messages for Nelson Mandela outside his Johannesburg home during his recent hospital stay (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated Sunday, June 9, 1:30 p.m. EDT: Family visits Nelson Mandela while South Africans pray for his health, according to the Associated Press. There was no official update on the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader after his second night in the hospital. His condition was described as "serious but stable" on Saturday.

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Former South African leader Nelson Mandela was listed "serious but stable condition" at a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection on Saturday, the presidential spokesman said, according to CNN.

Mandela was hospitalized early Saturday after the state of his health deteriorated in the last few days, according to spokesman Mac Maharaj.

"He's receiving the best possible care," he said. "Everything is being done to ensure that he is comfortable and that he is getting better."

Maharaj said that the anti-apartheid icon is breathing on his own.

Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, is at the hospital with him, sources told CNN. She canceled her plans to attend the Hunger Summit meeting in London on Saturday.

South Africa's first black president gets round-the-clock care, and his house is retrofitted with medical equipment that mirrors that of an intensive care unit.

Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail over the years and has not appeared in public since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.

Despite his rare public appearances, news of his ailment spark concerns worldwide. 

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