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Updated: December 27, 2012 04:07 IST

Mandela discharged from hospital

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Nelson Mandela. File Photo: AP
Nelson Mandela. File Photo: AP

South Africa’s presidency says Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president, has been discharged from the hospital.

The 94-year-old had been in the hospital since December 8. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones.

In recent days, officials have said Mr. Mandela is improving, but doctors have taken extraordinary care with his health because of his age.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says Mr. Mandela will receive more medical care at his Johannesburg home until he fully recovers.

Mr. Maharaj requested that the public respect Mr. Mandela’s privacy at this time.

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