Mandela ‘Doing Much Better’

    FILE  This May 16, 2011 file photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services, GCIS, shows former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel after they cast an early ballot in upcoming local elections at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa's president has visited former leader Nelson Mandela in a hospital, and the presidency says Mandela continues to respond to treatment. The office of President Jacob Zuma says he saw Mandela on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012,  in Pretoria, the capital, and assured the anti-apartheid icon that he has the support of all South Africans and the world. Mandela, who is 94, has been hospitalized since Dec. 8. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had gallstone surgery. (AP Photo/Elmond Jiyane-GCIS, File)

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    Nelson Mandela is getting a good health report for Christmas. The former South African leader, 94, is “doing much better” after being admitted to the hospital 18 days ago for a recurring lung infection and gallstones, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday. Doctors are “happy with the progress he is making,” Zuma reported in an email statement, adding that Mandela was in “good spirits.” This is the second time this year that Mandela has required an extended hospital stay, after undergoing abdominal surgery in February.

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