The wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela says that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during Mandela's latest hospitalization.
Mandela is spending his 10th day in the hospital today for a recurring lung infection.
President Jacob Zuma said Sunday that Mandela remains in serious condition but that his doctors are seeing sustained improvements. Zuma said Mandela is engaging with family during visits.
Graca Machel, Mandela's wife, in a written message Monday expressed the family's gratitude for messages of support, in particular from children singing outside the Mandela home.
The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.
Updated: Monday, June 17
Nelson Mandela is spending a third day in a hospital where the former president is being treated for a recurring lung infection.
The office of President Jacob Zuma says this morning that the 94-year-old Mandela remains in "serious but stable" condition.
On Sunday, members of Mandela's family were seen visiting the Pretoria hospital where the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate is believed to be staying.
Mandela has been hospitalized several times in recent months. The last discharge came on April 6 after doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and drained fluid from his chest.
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