South Africa: Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition

A pedestrian walks beneath two giant portraits of former President Nelson Mandela outside City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, June 24, 2013. Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.

A pedestrian walks beneath portraits of former President Nelson Mandela outside City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa. Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition.

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Between hospital stays in recent months, Mandela has been staying at his home in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton, where he has received what the government described as "home-based high care" by a medical team. On April 6, he was discharged from a hospital after treatment for pneumonia, which included a procedure in which doctors drained fluid from his lung area.

Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his imprisonment under apartheid. Most of those years were spent on Robben Island, a forbidding outpost off the coast of Cape Town.

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