After nearly three months, Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on Sunday and was taken by ambulance to his Johannesburg home where he will receive intensive care, the office of South Africa’s president said. He is still listed in critical condition.
“His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there,” said a statement from President Jacob Zuma. “The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.”
The statement noted that during his stay at the hospital Mandela “vacillated between serious to critical and at times stable” and that “despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude.” The 95-year-old global leader had been hospitalized since June 8 for a recurring lung infection.
Referring to his clan name, the statement continued: “Madiba has been treated by a large medical team from the military, academia, private sector and other public health spheres. We thank all the health professionals at the hospital for their dedication.”
The government has released few details about Mandela’s condition due to patient confidentiality.