Nelson Mandela Is Back in the Hospital

LONDON - JUNE 27:  Nelson Mandela poses onstage during the 46664 Concert In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life held at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)
Photo: Gareth Davies/2008 Getty Images

After a string of health scares, including a bout of pneumonia in April, the former president of South Africa has been hospitalized and is currently in “serious but stable condition.” The BBC reports that the 94-year-old had been ill for a few days with a recurring lung infection, and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria when his health deteriorated last night. His wife, Graca Machel, cancelled a Saturday London appearance to be with her husband, while a presidential spokesman said that Mandela breathing on his own “is a positive sign.”