Skip to main content

Doctors pleased with Mandela's recovery, but aren't rushing him home

By CNN Staff
December 18, 2012 -- Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)
Nelson Mandela and his third wife, Graca Machel, arrive at the 2010 World Cup before the final match between Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010, at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.
Nelson Mandela and his third wife, Graca Machel, arrive at the 2010 World Cup before the final match between Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010, at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nelson Mandela underwent a procedure to remove gall stones on Saturday
  • Mandela, 94, still requires "extraordinary care," the South African presidency says
  • The Nobel laureate has been hospitalized for 11 days
  • A presidential spokesperson says he joked with the former president during a visit Tuesday

(CNN) -- Doctors are "satisfied" with Nelson Mandela's progress three days after he underwent endoscopic surgery to remove gall stones, but he will remain under their care for the time being, the office of the South African president said in a statement Tuesday.

According to the statement, doctors said "there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress."

"We urge the public to continue supporting Madiba, but at the same time to understand that he is 94 years old and needs extraordinary care," the South African presidency said. "If he spends more days in the hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided."

Read more: Nelson Mandela has lung infection

Mandela, who has been hospitalized for 11 days because of a recurring lung infection, has not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.

Nelson Mandela undergoes surgery

The former president gets round-the-clock care since abdominal surgery this year and an acute respiratory infection in 2011.

According to the statement, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj went to see the former president Tuesday and reported, "He is looking much better," and that the former president asked, "Mac, what are you doing here?"

"I asked him not give doctors any trouble," Maharaj said.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner spent 27 years in prison for fighting against oppression of blacks in South Africa. He became the nation's first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed.

South Africa last month launched a new batch of banknotes with a picture of a smiling Mandela on the front.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
February 8, 2013 -- Updated 0718 GMT (1518 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.
ADVERTISEMENT