Nelson Mandela on Life Support

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa. Mandela was taken to a hospital Saturday to be treated for a recurrence of a lung infection and is in "serious but stable" condition, the president's office said. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam-file)

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    The former South African president’s health has deteriorated to a “perilous” state, according to court documents, as he is being kept alive by a breathing machine. “The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds,” said the documents, which were filed in the case that resulted in Mandela’s three deceased children being moved back to their original graves Thursday. An authorized biographer of Mandela said, “He’s basically gone. He’s not there. He’s not there.” The South African government has denied the reports, saying the national icon is in critical, but stable condition

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