SAfrica's Mandela Unable to Speak, Ex-Wife Says

Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 06:51 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's Nelson Mandela remains "quite ill" and is unable to speak, using facial expressions to communicate as he receives intensive medical care at home, his former wife told Sunday media.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old was not on life support but he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear (fluid from) the lungs."

"He can't actually articulate anything" as a result, she told The Sunday Independent newspaper.

"He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice."

Mandela was discharged on Sept. 1 to his home in Johannesburg's upmarket Houghton suburb after nearly three months in hospital for a lung infection.

"I have heard this nonsense that he is on life support. He is not," Madikizela-Mandela said.

Mandela is under the care of 22 doctors, and while his pneumonia has cleared, his lungs remain sensitive, she said.

"It is difficult for him," said Madikizela-Mandela. "He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there (in Houghton) is like an ICU ward."

"He remains quite ill, but thank God the doctors were able to pull him through from that (last) infection," she said.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in apartheid jail before becoming South Africa's first black leader, has faced several health scares.

His most recent hospital stay was his longest since he walked free in 1990.

Mandela was in "an atmosphere he recognizes", Madikizela-Mandela said.

"When he is very relaxed, he is fine and it has given us a lot of hope."

 

 

© AFP 2014

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

North Korea's 'Princess' Moves Closer to Center of Power

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 22:12 PM

In her slim-fitting trouser suits and black-heeled shoes, Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her pudgy older broth . . .

Russian Muslim Leader Swears Obedience Oath to ISIS

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 17:02 PM

A Russian Muslim leader from the North Caucasus region of Dagestan swore allegiance to Islamic State, according to a You . . .

Hackers Force Message on Websites via US Firm

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 15:42 PM

A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked th . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved