Court documents obtained earlier Thursday by AFP showed that doctors treating Mandela said he was in a “permanent vegetative
state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine a week ago.
Nelson Mandela is being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces ‘impending
death,’ court documents show.
“The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds,” the court filing said.
Mandela, who was hospitalised on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition, according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday. The President’s office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a “vegetative state.”
“We confirm our earlier statement that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition,” said the statement using Mandela’s clan name.
“The doctors deny that the former president is in a vegetative state,” the statement added.