Nelson Mandela’s Family Advised to Turn-off Life Support Machine, As He Goes into Permanent Vegetative State


Court documents obtained by the AFP news agency,has revealed that 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 June 26, 2013 read “He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine.”

Aljazeera News channel 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, Madiba (who turns 95 later this month) was rushed to the hospital with a recurring lung infection on Saturday 8th June 2013.
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