Desmond Tutu Rehospitalized in South Africa

Angela Bronner Helm
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in 2015
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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a South African hospital after being released just days ago after a weekslong stay, according to CNN.

The 84-year-old Nobel laureate and retired archbishop had spent three weeks in a Cape Town hospital after having minor surgery.

On Saturday, Tutu’s family said that the surgical wound itself started showing signs of infection, and his wife, Leah, said in a statement that he was readmitted as a “precaution.”


Tutu, who has previously been treated for prostate cancer, was also hospitalized several times last year. His family has said that the cancer is under control.

Tutu, the first black archbishop of Cape Town, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid.

After the apartheid regime fell, Tutu served as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the direction of then-President Nelson Mandela.

Read more at CNN.

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