Nightly News   |  April 06, 2013

Mandela discharged from hospital

Nelson Mandela was discharged on Saturday from the hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia, South Africa’s presidency said in a statement. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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>>> nelson mandela is back home after another prolonged stay in the hospital. ron allen is in johannesburg with the latest on his condition.

>> reporter: good evening, lester. mandela is here in his home in johannesburg . there is a media presence. we understand he's been treated for pneumonia and a recurring lung infection.

>> today he was discharged from hospital following a sustained and gradual improvement in his condition.

>> reporter: this was the third health scare for mandela in four months and this time seemed more serious and worrisome because he was raced to the hospital at night. the government made no attempt to try to describe this as a routine visit as it had in the past. every time this happens, there is concern and support and worry around the world and across this nation, of course. mandela is 94. he'll be 95 in july.

>> we really wish him well and we're thrilled he is home.

>> it's a dream come true.

>> yeah.

>> yes.

>> reporter: now there is at least some measure of relief that mandela is well enough to be here at home where the government says he continues to receive home-based high care. lester?

>> ron allen in johannesburg tonight.