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South Africa: Mandela still in hospital

Tuesday - 4/2/2013, 3:12pm  ET

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa. A South African official says Mandela is breathing "without difficulty" after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a hospital, where he is being treated for pneumonia for a sixth day.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Tuesday that Mandela continues to recuperate under hospital care.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted late on March 27 to a hospital in the South African capital, Pretoria. Doctors drained fluid from Mandela's lung area, making it easier for him to breathe.

It is Mandela's third trip to a hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones. Earlier in March, he spent a night in a hospital for what officials said was a scheduled medical test.


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