Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, took a turn for the worse and was in critical condition today in his battle with a lung infection, according to a statement from the South African president’s office.
“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” South African Jacob Zuma said, using Mandela’s tribal nickname.
Mandela had been listed in “serious but stable condition” for since he entered the hospital June 8.
The 94-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner’s medical team informed the president’s office that Mandela’s condition become critical over the past 24 hours, according to the statement.