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South Africa: Mandela making progress in hospital

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  • NBC News prepares to go live Friday outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg. A lung infection that has plagued Nelson Mandela has struck again, prompting doctors to admit the 94-year-old former president to a hospital. The presidency said Friday that Mandela was making "steady progress" during hospital care.

      NBC News prepares to go live Friday outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg. A lung infection that has plagued Nelson Mandela has struck again, prompting doctors to admit the 94-year-old former president to a hospital. The presidency said Friday that Mandela was making "steady progress" during hospital care.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and is making steady progress during hospital treatment for a recurring lung infection.

The office of President Jacob Zuma also says in a statement that the 94-year-old former president enjoyed a full breakfast on Friday morning.

Zuma's office says Mandela's doctors provided the update on his condition, and that the anti-apartheid leader remains under treatment and observation.

Mandela was admitted Wednesday night to a hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. It is his third trip to a hospital since December.

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