Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, has been downgraded from ‘serious but stable’ to ‘critical condition’ after taking a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours, according to the South African government.
According to the office of President Jacob Zuma, doctors “are doing everything possible” for Mandela, who has been intensive care since June 8.
Read more from Zuma’s office below:
President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former President this evening, 23 June in hospital. They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former President’s condition had become critical over the past 24 hours.
The President and Mr Ramaphosa also met with Mrs Graca Machel at the hospital and discussed Madiba’s condition.
“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” said President Zuma.
The President and Mr Ramaphosa were assured by the doctors that when the ambulance transporting former President Mandela to hospital on the 8th of June developed engine problems, all care was taken to ensure that his medical condition was not compromised.
“There were seven doctors in the convoy who were in full control of the situation throughout the period. He had expert medical care. The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses. The doctors also dismissed the media reports that Madiba suffered cardiac arrest. There is no truth at all in that report,” said President Zuma.
CBS reported yesterday that Mandela’s kidney and lung function was functioning at 50 percent.
Mandela’s 95th birthday is July 18.