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Mandela's health getting 'better and better', says wife

world Updated: Apr 05, 2013 15:44 IST
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela's wife has said that the 94-year-old icon is 'fine' and his health is improving.

Graca Machel said Madiba is getting 'better and better' after he was hospitalised more than a week ago for pneumonia.

According to a private eNCA news channel, she said Mandela is in hospital simply because the doctors want to be absolutely sure that he is strong enough to go home and nothing is going to recur.

The admission was his third hospital stay since December, the Herald Sun reports. On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that he had visited his predecessor and that doctors had said he was showing continuous improvement.

Mandela's latest health scare has sparked an outpouring of wishes and prayers from across the globe and at home.

No indication has been made as to when Mandela could be released from hospital, with his grandson also saying this was likely only when doctors were satisfied, the report said.