Nelson Mandela unable to speak

Last updated 14:41 18/11/2013
nelson mandela
MIKE HUTCHINGS/ Reuters
INSPIRATION: Former South African president Nelson Mandela is an inspiration to many.

Relevant offers

Africa

Hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria Ethnic massacre in South Sudan Africa land grabs endanger elephants New militant group claims responsibility blast in Cairo Nigeria: 85 schoolgirls still missing The woman who will decide Pistorius' fate Pistorius' blame shifting a recurring theme Defence forensic expert's credibility faulted Pistorius murder trial on hold until May Gunmen kill nine in bus attack in Ethiopia

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife says South Africa's former president remains "quite ill" and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told South Africa's Sunday Independent newspaper that Mandela's room at his suburban home "is like an ICU ward," because the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader "remains very sensitive to any germs."

She said that he cannot speak because of the tubes in his mouth meant to clear the fluid from his lungs to prevent infection.

Madikizela-Mandela denied he is on life support and said 22 doctors are treating him.

Mandela has been in intensive medical care at his Johannesburg home since being discharged September 1 after nearly three months in a hospital for a recurring lung infection.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content