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Ex-South African president De Klerk hospitalized for lung ailment

By Reuters | Published Sat, October 27th 2018 at 16:16, Updated October 27th 2018 at 16:22 GMT +3

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk has been hospitalized for a lung condition [Courtesy]

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk has been hospitalized for a lung condition but is recovering and is expected to be discharged next week, his foundation said on Saturday.

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De Klerk, 82, his country’s most recent white president, became Nobel laureate jointly with his successor, Nelson Mandela, in 1993 for overseeing its transition from apartheid rule.

He was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Friday with pneumothorax, “an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall,” his foundation said in a statement.

Pneumothorax is normally associated with a collapsed lung, but the foundation did not specify if that was the case.

“He underwent a successful procedure this morning and it is expected that he will be discharged from hospital sometime next week,” it said.

 

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