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Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in ‘serious condition’

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital in ‘serious condition’

Johannesburg: Former President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in South Africa with a lung infection, BBC reported Sunday.

A presidential spokesman said he is in a "serious but stable condition", although he was able to breathe on his own - a "positive sign".

Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.

He led the fight against apartheid and is regarded as the father of democratic South Africa

He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years.

In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia.

His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung infection, which has troubled him repeatedly.

Mr Mandela was taken to hospital, from his home in a suburb of Johannesburg, at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT Friday).

Mac Maharaj, South Africa's presidential spokesman, told the BBC he was receiving expert medical care.

Doctors were doing everything possible to make him comfortable and better, he added.

"What I am told by doctors is that he is breathing on his own and I think that is a positive sign," he said.

Mr Mandela's wife Graca Machel had been at his bedside since the early hours of the morning, Sapa news agency quoted the presidential spokesman as saying.

She cancelled a scheduled appearance at a meeting in London.

"Naturally the immediate members of the family have access to him and it's always good for the patient that he has been accompanied by one or other of them, and that has happened," Mr Maharaj told the BBC.

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