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Doctors work hard for a Mandela turnaround

South African doctors say former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition. Government officials say Mandela has demonstrated a great resilience. 

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A couple walks in front of a well wisher's large banner of Nelson Mandela in June 2013, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where the former South African president is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Former South African leader Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital, though "medical interventions" are required because his health sometimes becomes unstable, the South African government said Saturday.

Doctors are working hard for a "turnaround" in the condition of 95-year-old Mandela, who was admitted to a hospital in June with what officials said was a recurring lung infection, the office of South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

In the statement, Zuma's office quoted doctors as saying the anti-apartheid leader has "demonstrated great resilience" and that his condition has tended to stabilize after medical treatments when his health deteriorates.

 
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