Court documents filed by Nelson Mandela’s family state “that fears that his death is drawing near are justified.”
Court documents released on Thursday revealed that Nelson Mandela’s health had deteriorated to the point that his family was advised by the former South African President’s doctors that it was time to consider taking him off life support. Although reports indicate that his health has improved this week, the “certificate of urgency,” which was filed on June, 26, stated that Mandela had,”taken a turn for the worst and that the Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.” The document also said, “Rather than prolonging his suffering, the Mandela family is exploring this option as a very real probability.”
However, on June, 27, President Jacob Zuma announced that the 94-year-old Mandela’s condition “had improved from critical to critical but stable.” President Zuma visited Mandela on Thursday, and his office reported that Mandela “remained critical but stable.”
Mandela has been hospitalized since June, 8, for a recurring lung infection, and other documents filed in the court by his family describes his health as “perilous.” Reports that the political leader is in a “vegetative state” have been denied.