Nelson Mandela Undergoes Operation to Remove Gallstones

South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, has had an operation to remove gallstones, according to a government statement.

The operation was successful and Mr Mandela is recovering.

Mr Mandela, who is 94, was admitted to hospital last Saturday after suffering a recurrence of a lung infection.

Tests revealed the presence of gallstones and doctors treating Mr Mandela decided to remove them once he had recovered from the infection.

The statement said: “This morning, 15 December 2012, the former president underwent a procedure via endoscopy to have the gall stones removed. The procedure was successful and (Mr Mandela) is recovering.”

A gallstone is an accumulation of crystals in the gall bladder. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening because of the risks of secondary infections such as pancreatitis.


7 Responses to "Nelson Mandela Undergoes Operation to Remove Gallstones"

  1. Tonga Bull   December 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Get well soon sir. These are real leaders not a dictator like Kaunda who killed many people.

  2. Democrat   December 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Get well soon great leader.

  3. jorge chilekwa   December 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    SORRY, mwaculeni, POLE SAANA, U ar the father of Democracy! Recover soon.

  4. Umusambashi   December 16, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Again,which hospital? What was a routine checkup now is an operation…. Smells fishy…. Reminds me of mwanawasa sc…he was recovering,and hd pipo at his bedside nursng him…whn actully th flag ws at half mast….tell th south african pipo the truth…wht is happening to their leader,whr is he hospitalizd…set thm at rest. I wish th mandela family well

  5. Assegai   December 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

    This is what we av in common,death! Paging,big question,if u die wherere ar u headn? Hell or heaven!

  6. Mushonto   December 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Wishing u quick recovery madiba

  7. musa   December 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Assegai, are u african ? to hell with your dirty mouth, idiot, we cherish his record for championing for africa, than talking buldhiting from your mounth instead of the Anus. Idiot. keep quiet if you have nothing to contribute.