Nightly News   |  June 09, 2013

Growing concern over Nelson Mandela’s health

The 94-year-old former president of South Africa has checked into the hospital for the fourth time since December, NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>>> in south africa there is growing concern tonight about the failing health of former president nelson mandela . the 94-year-old is in the hospital again, the fourth time since december, with a recurring lung infection. unlike previous hospital visits, there time public statements about his condition have been less encouraging. nbc's kier simmons is outside the home.

>> reporter: this is the first time that nelson mandela 's condition has been described as serious, though doctors say is he stable and said to be able to breathe independently. today some of his children and grandchildren visited the hospital where he is said to be being treated for the recurrent lung infection. and his daughter left tonight smile, saying there has been no news of any improvement from his family or from the south african government since he was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of saturday morning. the last time we saw nelson mandela in public he was looking frail. filmed by the south african broadcasting corporation . people were shocked by the pictures but are now told to pray for him. one life-long friend has told a newspaper that it is time to let nelson mandela go. still, many are praying for his