Transcript for Nelson Mandela's Health Downgraded to Critical Condition
In the meantime tonight, we turn to the other breaking headline overseas. Word from south africa tonight that former president nelson mandela is now in critical condition at the hospital where he's being treated for a recurring lung infection. Tonight, the current president, jacob zuma, saying doctors are doing everything they can and that he is in good hands. Abc's ron claiborne is in south africa with late word tonight. Ron? Reporter: David, I'm outside pretoria south africa hospital, where nelson mandela has been TREATED SINCE JOUUNE 8th, JUST Over two weeks ago. President zuma said he met with mandela's doctors tonight and they informed him of the change of his condition over the last 24 hours, now, as you said, critical. In a statement, zuma said that doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve. That he is being well looked after and is comfortable. In recent days, of course, the government here has said that his condition was improving. Was serious, but improving. And now this turn, clearly for the worse. This country of 50 million and, indeed, nelson mandela's following around the world, to whom he is a leader, a moral leader of the anti-apartheid movement, a lot of anxiety tonight. This ominous turn, this ominous development, in men della's physical condition being
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