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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

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Sep 01, 2013 | 8:53am EDT

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has returned home after three months in hospital. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero has been under doctors' care since he was admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection on 8 June (13). He was discharged from the medical centre in Pretoria on Sunday (01Sep13) and is now being looked after by a team of medical professionals at his family home in Johannesburg. A statement on the country's presidency website reads, "Former President Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment. We would like to wish him all the best as he continues his recovery at his Johannesburg home. "(His) 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. His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. 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." Mandela's return home comes just a day after South African officials initially dismissed claims that he had been discharged from hospital.

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