Update on former President Nelson Mandela's health: issued by the Presidency
22 June 2013
Former President Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
The former president was admitted to hospital on the 8th of June. The Presidency thanks the public for support and for respecting the privacy of the former president and his family.
We confirm the media reports that the military ambulance transporting Madiba had an engine problem on the 8th and that the doctors are satisfied that the former president suffered no harm during this period.
The fully equipped military ICU ambulance had a full complement of specialist medical staff, including intensive care specialists and ICU nurses. The convoy also included two quick response vehicles.
When the ambulance experienced engine problems it was decided that it would be best to transfer to another military ambulance which itself was accompanied for the rest of the journey by a civilian ambulance.
All care was taken to ensure that the former president Mandela's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident.
We appeal again that his privacy be respected and that he be accorded the doctor-patient confidentiality that all patients are entitled to in terms of medical ethics.
We thank the media for cooperation during this period.
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