Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital for 6th day for treatment for pneumonia

Published April 02, 2013

| Associated Press

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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