Health Highlights: June 24, 201306/24/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Mandela in Critical Condition
Nelson Mandela's health deteriorated over the weekend and he is
in critical condition in hospital, South African President Jacob
Zuma said late Sunday.
Zuma didn't provide more details about the anti-apartheid hero
and former president, the
Wall Street Journalreported.
"Madiba is critical in hospital. This is the father of democracy. This is the man who fought and sacrificed his life. All of us as a country should accept that Madiba is old as he ages his health will trouble him," Zuma told reporters.
"Doctors are doing everything to ensure his well being and comfort," he noted.
Mandela was admitted to hospital on June 8 for treatment of a
lung infection. He has had a number of respiratory ailments since
contracting tuberculosis during the 27 years he spent in prison for
his anti-apartheid activities,
10-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Awake
The 10-year-old girl who underwent a lung transplant last week
after her family won a court battle is out of a coma and
Sarah Murnaghan woke up Friday night. She remains on a
ventilator and is unable to talk, but is nodding and shaking her
head in response to questions, according to family spokeswoman
Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, was put in a medically induced
coma before her transplant surgery to give her body time to rest
before the procedure on June 12 in which she received lungs from an
The transplant was conducted after Sarah's family won a court
challenge against a rule that prevented her from receiving adult
lungs. In response the case, the Organ Procurement and Transplant
Network's executive committee recently approved a one-year change
that makes children younger than 12 eligible for priority on adult
lung transplant lists,
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