Nelson Mandela discharged after pneumonia scare

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Former president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital yesterday following treatment for pneumonia, the South African presidency said.

The statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma said there had been “a sustained and gradual improvement” in the condition of the 94-year-old after he was admitted to hospital on 27 March.

“The former president will now receive home-based high care,” the statement said. Mandela had received similar treatment at home in Johannesburg after a hospital stay in December.

During Mandela’s hospital trip, fluid was drained from his lung area, making it easier for him to breathe. It was his third hospital stay since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and had a procedure to remove gallstones. Earlier in March, he was hospitalised overnight for what authorities said was a successful scheduled medical test.