Mandela Hospitalized Again, South Africa Leader Asks World To Pray For Him

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Source: Ian Johnston / NBC News

Nelson Mandela suffered a recurrence of his lung infection and was taken to a hospital late Wednesday.

In a statement, the current South African President Jacob Zuma said “we appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba [a nickname for Mandela] and his family and to keep them in their thoughts.”

“We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” he added. “The Presidency appeals once again for understanding and privacy in order to allow space to the doctors to do their work.”

The statement said that Mandela had the “best possible expert in medical treatment and comfort.”

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