Nelson Mandela Faces “Impending Death”

Mandela Faces Impending Death


JOHANNESBURG (AP) –  Nelson Mandela is being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces “impending death,” court documents show.

Mandela’s health is “perilous” and he is being kept alive by life support, according to documents filed in the court case that resulted in the remains of the former president’s three deceased children being reburied Thursday in their original graves.

“He’s basically gone,” said Charlene Smith, an authorized biographer of the former anti-apartheid leader. “He’s not there. He’s not there.”

“Usually if a person does need that [life support], any person, not keeping in mind his age at all, for any person it would be indicative of a grave illness,” said Dr. Adri Kok, who has no connection to Mandela’s care.

Graca Machel spoke about her husband’s condition at a fundraising drive for a children’s hospital that will be named after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

“Whatever is the outcome of his stay in hospital, that will remain the second time where he offered his nation an opportunity to be united under the banner of our flag, under the banner of our constitution,” she said.

Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition, according to a statement Thursday by President Jacob Zuma’s office. Zuma visited Mandela Thursday, according to the statement.