Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after successful operation
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Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after successful operation

Pretoria : South Africa | Feb 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM PST
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Former South African president Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was recently admitted to hospital, has now been discharged and is recovering.

Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital for some stomach problem. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Initially, when the reports of his hospital admittance surfaced, people started speculating that Mandela was undergoing a hernia surgery. However, these reports were denied by the officials and it was said that he was undergoing abdominal laparoscopy.

The procedure involves surgeons making an incision in the belly to insert a thin, lighted tube to look at abdominal organs.

Nelson Mandela had been complaining of some abdominal problem and he was hospitalized so that doctors could see the cause of the abdominal pain.

Earlier in the day, Zuma, the current president of South Africa, released a statement saying that Mandela was "surrounded by his family and is relaxed and comfortable."

"The doctors are happy with the progress he is making. We thank all South Africans for their love and support of Madiba. We also thank all for affording Madiba and his family privacy and dignity," said Zuma, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

"The doctors have decided to send him home as the diagnostic procedure he underwent did not indicate anything seriously wrong with him," President Jacob Zuma's office added in a statement.

The official spokesman for the occasion was Mac Maharaj, who kept providing the public with regular updates regarding Mandela's health.

"It wasn't the surgery that has been out there in the media at all," the defense minister told a media briefing in Cape Town. "He's fine. He's as fine as can be at his age -- and handsome."

The government of South Africa did not reveal the exact hospital where Nelson Mandela was admitted, but the security around "1 Military" hospital in Pretoria was very tight. This hospital in Pretoria is responsible for the health of sitting and former presidents.

Nelson Mandela is a Noble peace laureate. He fought for the rights of the black people in South Africa. After a long and hard struggle, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, and he served a full five-year term successfully.

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