Posts by Reena Ninan, Alyssa Newcomb and Mary-Rose Abraham
- Reena Ninan, Alyssa Newcomb and Mary-Rose Abraham at Newsmakers1 yr ago
Celebrations around the world marked Nelson Mandela’s 95 th birthday, but perhaps the most special one was inside a South African hospital room where the ailing anti-apartheid leader was surrounded by several generations of his family.
“We sang him 'Happy Birthday' and he smiled at us,” said Mandela's grandson, Kweku Mandela.
The former South African president has been hospitalized with a recurring lung infection since June 8.
“He’s still critical but stable, and we’ve been seeing slow but improving signs,” Kweku Mandela said. “We’re all confident that he’ll eventually come back home and his condition will improve quite drastically.”
Kweku Mandela, a filmmaker, said he still sees the same resilient spirit in his grandfather that helped him survive 27 years in prison.
“He’s a fighter and he continues to be one,” Kweku Mandela said. “I think that it’s just the belief in knowing who he is and knowing who we are as people that gives me comfort to say that he’ll fight through this and he’ll be OK.”