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Dec 26, 2012 at 06:11pm IST

Nelson Mandela's health is improving, but to stay in hospital

Johannesburg: South Africa's presidency says former leader Nelson Mandela, who has been in a hospital since December 8, is looking better and in good spirits. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said on December 26 that 94-year-old Mandela's condition "remains as it was yesterday."

President Jacob Zuma had joined Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and other family members in wishing a Merry Christmas to Mandela at his hospital bedside in Pretoria, the South African capital.

Mandela, a leader of the anti-apartheid movement, was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones. Officials have said Mandela is improving, but note doctors are taking extraordinary care because of his age.

Nelson Mandela's health is improving, but to stay in hospital

Mandela was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones.

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