Nelson Mandela in permanent vegetative state

Nelson Mandela’s doctors say he is in a permanent vegetative state, CBS News  reported.

The ailing anti-apartheid icon has been on life support in a Pretoria  hospital and breathing with the help of a respirator. He checked into Mediclinic  Heart Hospital on June 8 for a recurrence of a lung infection, and his condition  has gradually worsened.

Meanwhile, a family feud over the remains of Mandela’s three children  reached a resolution Thursday when the bodies were reinterred at their original  resting site — the same place where the ailing South African revolutionary  wishes to be buried.

A family feud over the remains of Mandela’s children ended Thursday as the bodies were returned to their original resting place.ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

A family feud over the remains of  Mandela’s children ended Thursday as the bodies were returned to their original  resting place.

The bodies were laid to rest again in a ceremony that included the singing  of hymns at Qunu, Mandela’s hometown.

The burial was the culmination of an embarrassing sideshow that has  mesmerized South Africa as Mandela likely enters his final days.

“My grandfather like myself would be highly disappointed in what is  unraveling,” said Mandla  Mandela, the oldest male Mandela heir and a tribal chief.

Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old, is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.Ben Curtis/AP

Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old,  is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela outside the  Mediclinic Heart Hospital.

The grandson had moved the bodies of Makaziwe Mandela, Madiba Thembekile  Mandela, and Makgatho Mandela to his village of Mvezo — Nelson Mandela’s  birthplace — in 2011.

Fifteen of Mandela’s family members said the bodies were moved without their  consent and pursued court action to have the bodies moved.

An expert on the Xhosa culture of Mandela’s family, Mlawu Tyatyeka, said the  court case over the graves was decided quickly because the family knows that  Mandela will soon die.

The former wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela, arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital on July 4 in Pretoria, where the former South African president  is  hospitalized.
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The former wife of Nelson Mandela,  Winnie Mandela Madikizela, arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital on July 4 in  Pretoria, where the former South African president  is  hospitalized.

“It’s not a case of wishing him to die. It’s a case of making sure that by  the time he dies, his dying wish has been fulfilled,” he said.

“We have a belief that should you ignore a dying wish, all bad will befall  you.”

Mandela’s wife said the former president is sometimes uncomfortable but  seldom in pain while being treated.

 

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