(Trice Edney Wire) – Iconic former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is out of the hospital this week. Reports say his health is slowly recovering but he remains critical and is sometimes unstable.
He was discharged from the Pretoria hospital on Sunday, according to the Associated Press, and taken to his Johannesburg home by ambulance. Officials say he will continue to receive the same level of care at home that he had in the hospital.
Hospitalized since June 8 for a recurring lung infection, the world celebrated his 95th birthday on July 18.
AP released the following statement from South Africa President Jacob Zuma: “His home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there,” the statement said. “The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital. If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.”
Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, marking the end of the apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison under White minority rule. This included 18 years at the notorious Robben Island penal colony, where he contracted the lung infection while working in a limestone quarry.