The hopes of Nelson Mandela’s recovery are dwindling as his health seems to be deteriorating in hospital. His health condition is not clearly known at the moment. The presidency has not released a statement on his health status since Monday, 22 July. Last time a statement was issued Mandela was said to be in a critical condition but showing signs of improvement.
Media reports on Madiba’s health have been contradicting each other lately, leaving the public not knowing what his current health status is. Recently, CBS News reported that on Friday Mandela underwent a minor operation to unblock a dialysis tube. While some reports claim that Madiba is recovering, two health scares on his condition were reported last week.
CBS News reported that “On one occasion Nelson Mandela was not responding to his medicines, and on another his life support machine showed him in distress.” Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj has not confirmed if Mandela did undergo an operation. Also, he said he was unaware of any recent health scares.
CBS News is a reputable news source. It is unlikely that they would report a false story knowing that this could damage their reputation. There is a possibility that Maharaj is trying to keep members of the public at ease by not telling them what is really going on as far as Mandela’s health is concerned.
It is also possible that Maharaj is being kept out of the loop on some developments as the health of a patient is a private matter. Since international news sources don’t mind paying millions for a big scoop of news, it is possible that they have an inside source among members of the medical team or the Mandela family.
It is not the first time that CBS News reported about Mandela undergoing an operation during his current hospital stay. In June, they reported that Mandela had undergone two surgical procedures, one to insert a tube in his body and another to repair a bleeding ulcer. They also reported that his kidney and liver functions were down to 50%. Maharaj dismissed their report as untrue.
Mandela is now entering his 8th week in hospital.