Nelson Mandela has been sent home from hospital but will continue to receive intensive care at his Johannesburg residence, the South African presidency has said.
Mr Mandela’s discharge this morning from Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital comes a day after confusion in the Mandela family over whether the 95-year-old former president had in fact been sent home.
Mr Mandela, whose condition is described as “critical” and “at times unstable,” was admitted to hospital June 8 suffering from a recurring lung infection.
His home in the upscale Houghton neighbourhood of Johannesburg, already fitted with a hospital-like clinic, has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there, according to the statement issued by South African President Jacob Zuma’s spokesman.
Mr Mandela’s doctors “are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria.”
“If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done,” the statement said.
Mr Mandela’s daughter Zindzi on Saturday claimed that her father had been discharged from hospital, before later saying she had been misinformed. The presidency also denied the news.
Temperatures in Johannesburg dropped to near freezing overnight as the city was hit by a cold snap at the end of the southern hemisphere winter.
When Mr Mandela was rushed to hospital in June, his ambulance broke down en route and he was stranded on the highway before being transferred to another ambulance in wintertime temperatures.
Mr Mandela arrived home on Sunday morning, transported in a convoy with two ambulances, along with police and vehicles carrying his doctors and other medical staff.
Mr Mandela has suffered from repeated lung infections, thought to stem from his year working in a limestone quarry while a prisoner on Robben Island. He has been in and out of hospital over the past year.
The anti-apartheid icon has been receiving treatment from a large medical team, and will continue to receive care from the same doctors and nurses who were attending to him in hospital, according to the presidency’s statement.
“Despite the difficulties imposed by his various illnesses, he, as always, displays immense grace and fortitude,” it said.