Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition for 2nd Day

Updated Monday, June 24, 11 a.m. EDT: President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition for a second day in a hospital in Pretoria, where he is being treated for a lung infection, the New York Times reports.


Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8 with a recurring lung infection, is now in critical condition, officials say. According to his medical team, his condition has worsened in the past 24 hours. From CNN:

"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," President Jacob Zuma said in a written statement, referring to Mandela's tribal name.

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

The anti-apartheid hero has been in and out of the hospital in recent years.

His history of lung problems dates to when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during the apartheid era, and he has battled respiratory infections.

Read more at CNN.

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