- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nelson Mandela, who’s been hospitalized for more than on a month for a recurring lung infection — and at points declared in critical condition, near death — celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday with some good news: He’s doing well and may soon go home.

One of his daughters, Zindzi, said to Sky TV on Wednesday evening that doctors say he’s steadily improved and could go home “anytime soon.” Mr. Mandela has been hospitalized since June 8.

South Africa celebrated the milestone by holding morning gatherings and by asking for all to serve 67 minutes in charity — the 67 representing the number of years Mr. Mandela served in his community, The Associated Press reported.

The United Nations, meanwhile, declared it Nelson Mandela International Day, for his Nobel Peace Prize-winning ability to forge peace.

President Jacob Zuma issued a statement, using Mr. Mandela’s clan name: “Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria, but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving. We are proud to call this international icon our own as South Africans and wish him good health.”



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