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Nelson Mandela hospitalised again

June 8th, 2013 4:40am EDT

Nelson Mandela Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital after suffering a recurrence of a lung condition.

The country's ex-president, 94, has been ill for some time but was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria in the early hours of Saturday (08Jun13) after his condition deteriorated.

Mac Maharaj, spokesman for current President, Jacob Zuma, says Mandela remains in a "serious but stable condition" and tells the BBC it is the first time that Mandela's condition has been described as serious.

He said in a statement, "During the past few days, former President Nelson Mandela has had a recurrence of lung infection.

"This morning at about 1.30am, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition. The former President is receiving expert medical care and doctors are doing everything possible to make him better and comfortable.

"President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of government and the nation, wishes Madiba (Mandela's clan name) a speedy recovery and requests the media and the public to respect the privacy of Madiba and his family."

Mandela was hospitalised earlier this year (Mar13) to receive treatment for a recurring bout of pneumonia and underwent a surgical procedure to drain fluid from his lungs.

The human rights legend previously spent nearly three weeks under doctors' care in December (12) as he battled the lung condition, and he also underwent an operation to remove gallstones.

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