Doctors Advised Removing Mandela from Life Support Machine

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  • Nelson Mandela wore batik shirt when meeting former President Megawati Sukarnoputri on a visit to Indonesia in 2002. Tempo/Bernard Chaniago

    Nelson Mandela wore batik shirt when meeting former President Megawati Sukarnoputri on a visit to Indonesia in 2002. Tempo/Bernard Chaniago

    TEMPO.CO, Pretoria - Court documents reveal that doctors have advised Nelson Mandela’s family to remove him from life support as he faces 'impending death'. NY Daily News reported that Mandela’s health has gotten worse.

    His health is perilous and he’s being kept alive by a respirator in a Pretoria hospital, according to documents tied to a Mandela family dispute. Mandela has been lying on the hospital bed in Mediclinic Heart hospital for almost a month.

    "The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off," AFP quoted the document. "Rather than prolonging his suffering, the Mandela family is exploring this option as a very real probability." The document came yesterday, July 4, the same day as his final resting place was prepared for his arrival.

    Mandela once requested to be buried with a simple ceremony near the village where he grew up, in a mountain side in Qunu. He also requested to be buried in the family’s cemetery complex with a simple gravestone. The request was made when the politician was still in good health.

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