Mandela Discharged From Hospital

    Former South African president Nelson Mandela waves inside Parliament at Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. South African lawmakers sang Nelson Mandela's praises Thursday as the anti-apartheid icon settled into parliament's public gallery for a State of the Nation address scheduled in tribute to his 20 years of freedom. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, Pool)

    Schalk van Zuydam, Pool / AP Photo

    Former South African president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital Sunday after undergoing a laparoscopy, or keyhole surgery. The office of President Jacob Zuma said the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon is recovering well after a minor procedure to deal with a longstanding abdominal complaint, and Zuma told South Africans not to panic. Defense Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said, “He's as fine as can be at his age ... and handsome.” Sisulu denied reports that Mandela had surgery for a hernia. Mandela has had chronic stomach pains, and a keyhole surgery involves inserting a tiny camera inside the abdomen to carry out an internal investigation.

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