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Mandela makes ‘dramatic’ progress, says daughter

A man only known as Kobus holds ruling party poster with former South African President NelsMandela's face outside Mediclinic Heart

A man only known as Kobus, holds a ruling party poster with former South African President Nelson Mandela's face outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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Updated: July 17, 2013 10:56AM



JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s daughter says the South African leader has made a “dramatic” progress on the eve of his 95th birthday.

Zindzi Mandela said in an interview with Sky TV that her father may be going home soon. Mandela turns 95 on Thursday.

She said her father is watching television with headphones in his bed in a Pretoria hospital and that he smiles at family members and raises his hand.

The latest description by Zindzi — who is one of Mandela’s daughters by his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela — is a significant improvement from court documents from the family that said he was on life support and near death.

Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8 and officials say his condition is critical but stable.



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