Nelson Mandela was recently re-admitted to hospital in South Africa with a recurrence of a lung infection that first threatened his life in January 2011. His admission on 8 December 2012 was necessary to provide treatment for gallstones and there was worldwide concern for his health amid reports of his increasing frailty.
ITN news interviewed Dr Michael Beckles, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at The Physicians’ Clinic for his expert opinion on developments. Dr Beckles said “In a man of 94, recurrence of a lung infection is potentially more serious because one doesn’t know if there is an area of previous scarring. Infection on top of scarring often leads to further weakness and that may need more intensive support, such as a period in intensive care.”
Mr Mandela was released from hospital on December 26th and has been recovering at home in Qunu in South Africa. Dr Michael Beckles and our other leading consultants who work across 12 medical specialties are available to provide expert comment for online and print press and broadcast media.