By Jane Nambi
Former South Africa leader Nelson Mandela has been released from hospital after spending three months in the hospital under intensive care over a lung infection.
Mandela, who is also known as Madiba was released from hospital on Sunday although he will continue receiving intensive care. The 95-year-old spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital where he was rushed in early June suffering from a recurring infection of the lungs.
“Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria,” South Africa’s presidency said in a statement.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s hospitalization had attracted the sympathy of the world over who waited for him to be pronounced dead any time soon. “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 presidency added.
“It is a day of celebration for us, that he is finally back home with us,” Mandela’s grandson and heir Mandla said in a statement, acknowledging that he was “not a young man anymore”.
Thousands of well-wishers had visited the Pretoria medical facility during his stay there to leave flowers, cards and gifts.