Ailing ex-leaders: Mandela, Bush, Mubarak

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 40 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was recovering at his Johannesburg home, convalescing and receiving further care after a nearly three-week hospital stay. The revered 94-year-old had been admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8, undergoing treatment for a lung infection and gallstones. In the US, former President George H. W. Bush remained in an intensive care unit December 27 after persistent fever, although family members say he’s alert. The 88-year-old Bush was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital in  Houston, Texas, last December 22. In Egypt, a state prosecutor ordered imprisoned former dictator Hosni Mubarak transferred to a military hospital due to deteriorating health. Mubarak, serving a life sentence over the killings of protesters, was briefly taken to the hospital last December 19 after he fell in his prison bathroom and hurt his head.

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