Mandela 'making progress' in hospital

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 16:20 hrs

London, Dec 12 (IANS) Anti-apartheid hero and South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela, currently being treated in a hospital for a lung infection, has made progress, BBC reported Wednesday.

Mandela, 94, was rushed to a military hospital in Pretoria Saturday.

Doctors attending him were "satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment", said a statement from President Jacob Zuma's office.

Mandela is one of the world's most-loved figures after spending 27 years in prison during the apartheid.

The former president, fondly referred to as Madiba, led the struggle against white-minority rule before being elected the first black president in 1994.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

"We continue to request that Madiba and his family be accorded the necessary space and privacy and thank the media and the public for cooperation," the statement from the presidency said.

Mandela was last admitted to hospital in February when he was treated for abdominal pain. In January 2011, he was treated for a serious chest infection.

While in prison in the 1980s, Mandela was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and his lungs are said to have been damaged when he worked in a prison quarry.

Mandela retired from public life in 2004.

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