Mandela successfully treated for gall stones

Agence France-Presse
Nelson Mandela was previously hospitalized for an acute respiratory infection in January 2011.

SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT. South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela underwent a procedure to remove gall stones. AFP photo

PRETORIA, South Africa – South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Saturday underwent a successful procedure to remove gall stones, a week after he was admitted to hospital for a lung infection, the office of the president said.

“This morning, 15 December 2012, the former president underwent a procedure via endoscopy to have the gall stones removed,” said a statement.

“The procedure was successful and Madiba is recovering,” it added, using the clan name by which Mandela is affectionately known.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner who led the country to democracy in 1994 was flown from his rural home village of Qunu to Pretoria on December 8.

He was previously hospitalized for an acute respiratory infection in January 2011, when he was kept for two nights.

Mandela has a long history of lung problems dating back decades when he contracted tuberculosis while in prison. – Agence France-Presse