Family considers stopping treatment for fading Mandela

NELSON Mandela is reportedly unresponsive, leading to his immediate family discussing whether to withdraw treatment.

Yesterday, the Daily Mail reported a source as saying Mr Mandela's liver and kidney functions were down to 50% and he had not opened his eyes for days.

The 94-year-old former South African president has been in hospital for two weeks battling a recurring lung infection.

Previous statements had indicated his health was improving, and on Thursday a grandson said he hoped his grandfather would be heading home soon.

"We can say that he has been getting better and better each day and hopefully he'll be coming home soon," Ndaba Mandela was quoted as saying by South African news

paper The Star. "As long as he can still hear and understand what is said to him, and talk to us, we'll continue to celebrate him."

Mr Mandela was taken to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 - the fourth time he had been hospitalised since December.

According to CBS News, he went into cardiac arrest that night and was resuscitated.

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