Nightly News   |  March 30, 2013

Mandela remains in hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in the hospital but is said to be doing better as he fights pneumonia. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>>> in south africa , former president nelson mandela remains in the hospital tonight but is said to be doing better as he fights pneumonia. now the latest from johannesburg.

>> reporter: nelson mandela is sitting up and talking, according to family members, after he was rushed from his home late wednesday due to a recurrence of pneumonia. doctors have now drained fluid from around his lungs.

>> doctors advised that he had developed an occlusion which has since been tapped and this has now resulted in his being able to breathe without difficulty.

>> reporter: meanwhile, winnie mandela at church concerned her former husband is doing well.

>> we were very touched this morning. also wish him well. this is very inspire iing. this is a very difficult time.

>> reporter: nelson mandela is comfortable and responding to treatment, his doctors say. his grandson is expecting in confidence he will be home here soon, but said the family is taking time to cherish every moment with him. nbc news, johannesburg, south africa .