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Mandela responding to treatment for pneumonia

7:20 AM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
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(CNN) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is breathing without difficulty in a hospital, where he is responding to treatment for pneumonia, his spokesman said Saturday.

Doctors withdrew the excess fluid that had accumulated in the space surrounding his lungs as a result of the infection, said spokesman Mac Maharaj in a statement.

"This has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty," he said. "He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable."


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