In 1979 Mandela injured his heel during a tennis game, and had to be examinedin Cape Town. The doctor established that Mandela had first hurt his heel during a soccer match during his days at Fort Hare, but had never bothered tohave it medically checked. An operation was performed in Cape Town in anattempt to heal his heel.

In 1985 he was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate.

In 1965, political prisoners on Robben Island were taken to the lime quarry to work under harsh conditions for the first time

1977
In 1977 manual labour ended on Robben Island

1988

In 1988 Mandela fell ill and was transferred to hospital at Stellenbosch

University (Constantiaberg Medi-clinic), where he was diagnosed with early

tuberculosis (TB) – this was detected before holes in his lungs could start

showing. He was subsequently transferred to Constantiaberg hospital and from there moved to Victor Verster prison in Paarl on 9 December 1988

He chose to tell the story of his four-month bout with the disease during the

15th International AIDS Conference in 2004 where he spoke of the dangers of

TB coexisting with HIV in HIV infected people

1999
In June 1999 he stepped down as president

2001
In July 2001, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer

2002
In 2002, he announced that his doctors had cleared of him of prostate cancer

Saturday 11 June 2011 08:20

Rumours about Mandela’s ill health very often surface

2004

On 15 May 2004, he arrived at Lausanne to accept Fifa’s decision to award

South Africa the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. This appearance was

against medical advice

In June 2004, he announced, for the second time, that he would retire from

public life

2006

On 3 February 2006, he didn’t attend the opening of parliament, as he would

have done. His PA, Zelda la Grange said he was heeding medical advice

2007

On 21 February 2007, there were rumours that he wasn’t well. These were

circulated in an email, which further warned of racial attacks in the event of his

death. At the time, Mandela himself came out to refute these rumours

Rumours about Mandela’s ill health very often surface. Also, very often, these

are quashed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation

2008

On 15 February 2008, he appeared at an ANC election rally in the Eastern Cape

. He didn’t speak, but his grandson, chief Mandla ‘Zwelivelile’ Mandela did. He said his family, including Mandela, would always support the ANC. This sparked controversy from opposition political parties, that

Mandela had been used for electioneering. This also kindled concerns that

Mandela’s health had not been fine at the time.

2009

On 9 May 2009 a frail Mandela was transported in a golf cart and then helped

on to the state at Pretoria’s Union Buildings as he went to witness the

inauguration of President Jacob Zuma. Thousands cheered for him

*(In the book Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela admits to not knowing the exact

cause of his father, Henry Gadla’s death. But he speculated that he could have

died from a lung related disease because on the night he died, he called for

Nodayimani (his youngest wife) and told her to bring him his tobacco. However, Mandela’s mother (Nosekeni) and Nodayimani thought it unwise to give a man practically on his deathbed (due to a lung related disease)

tobacco. However, Gadla insisted, until Nodayimani gave in, filled his pipe and gave it to him to smoke. He calmed down after smoking and he died with is pipe still lit in his mouth)

2010

On 15 September 2010 he received the Mexican government’s highest award

for foreigners. His wife, Graca Machel accepted the award on his behalf in

Pretoria at the Union Buildings. She assured the public that Mandela was in good health

2011

In 2011 Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital for what was initially called

‘routine tests’ and later referred to ‘specialised tests’

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On 28 January 2011, Mandela was discharged from
Milpark Hospital to receive home based care.

2012

On 25 February 2012,
the Presidency released information that the former president had been
hospitalised, following a long standing abdominal complaint. The statement read
that Mandela’s complaint needed proper investigation and specialist medical
attention. Later President Zuma said that Mandela was in a satisfactory
condition and was fully conscious. He also confirmed that the elderly statesman
had undergone a diagnostic procedure (later said to be an investigative
laparoscopy by minister Lindiwe Sisulu). The procedure was confirmed to be part
of Mandela’s continued medical management.

On 26 February 2012,
Mandela was discharged from hospital.

On 8 December 2012,
there were reports that former president Nelson Mandela became hospitalised at
1 Military Hospital in Pretoria for medical attention. Three days later, he was
still hospitalised.

On 11 December 2012,
the presidency said that Mandela suffered from a lung infection. This was the
diagnosis at the conclusion of the tests. Mandela is also said to be responding
to treatment.

After being hospitalised for 18 days for a lung infection
and surgery to remove gallstones, former president Nelson Mandela was released
from hospital on 26 December 2012.The
Office of the Presidency released a statement that the nonagenarian had
recovered sufficiently enough to be released from hospital.

On 28 December 2012
his family said Mandela was doing well at home.

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2013

On 06 April 2013 former
President Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital. He received home-based
high care at his Houghton home after spending just over a week at the health
facility.

On 6 January 2013
the Office of the Presidency released a statement that Mandela had recovered
from the lung infection, as well as the gallstone surgery. Mandela continued to
receive home-based medical care at his Houghton home in Johannesburg.

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former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital, after
being admitted for one night. Mandela had been admitted on 09 Match 2013, for what the presidency referred to as a ‘scheduled
medical check-up to manage existing conditions in line with his age’.

On 27 March 2013,
just before midnight 2013, Mandela was admitted, to an undisclosed Pretoria
hospital, due to a recurring lung infection. He had since been receiving
treatment for pneumonia. The presidency noted that he was discharged
“following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general
condition.”

On 1 April 2013 Mandela
spent part of the day (Family Day) with some members of his family in hospital.

On 6 April 2013 former
President Nelson Mandela was discharged from an undisclosed Pretoria hospital.
He continued to receive home-based high care at his Houghton home.

On 08 June 2013,
former President Nelson Mandela was admitted in hospital again due to a lung
infection, according to the presidency, in a “serious but stable” condition.

On 12 June 2013,
there was a bit of relief and hope as SA President, Jacob Zuma told Parliament
that that Mandela was “responding well to treatment” after a “difficult few
days.”

On 23 June 2013,
the nation and the entire world were shaken when the Presidency announced Mandela’s
condition had worsened and the situation had become critical.

On 24 June 2013, President Jacob Zuma tells the media, “Doctors
are doing everything possible to ensure his wellbeing and comfort.”

The world’s icon, that breathed fresh air of hope, tolerance
and reconciliation in South Africa, remains critical as the nation holds its
breath, and continues to pray!

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