Thursday, July 04, 2013
Nelson Mandela said to be in permanent Vegetative condition. Doctors advice family to turn off life support.
According to court documents obtained by the AFP news agency, doctors treating the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, advised his family to turn off his life support machine a week ago.
The court filling dated Wednesday 26th June 2013 read "He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine."
Aljazeera reports that Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa declined to comment on the documents.
Citing doctor-patient confidentiality, he told AFP that "We don't have a comment on that. We have indicated from our point of view that based on the doctors' report, the condition of the former president is critical but stable at this stage."
If you recall, Mandiba (who turns 95 in August) was rushed to the hospital with a recurring long infection on Saturday 8th June 2013.