Nelson Mandela is a hero by any definition. The leadership he has demonstrated throughout his life is indicative of the man he is; always fighting to improve the well-being of others, never settling for mediocre work, and remaining resilient in the face of danger. Mandela has been a staple for freedom and strength to Africans and other people throughout the world. However, in recent times, Mandela has succumbed to a recurring lung problem, one that has affected him for years.
Nelson Mandela’s health has kept him on edge for several years. The lung problem has been a chronic one, constantly hampering him for a period of time. On June 8, Mandela was admitted to a hospital. He went on to spend 86 days in the hospital before being discharged on September 1.
When Mandela was discharged he was still considered to be in critical, and at times unstable condition. Mandela received the same amount of care at his home that he did at the hospital.
On October 6, Mandela’s wife issued a statement proclaiming he is “fine.” In recent weeks, his condition appears to be slowly improving, with reports indicating he is no longer completely bed-ridden.
The loss of Mandela would have world shaking implications. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is viewed around the world as a powerful figure of reconciliation. Despite being jailed for his prominent role in opposing white racist rule, Mandela’s reputation only grew with time. He constantly refused to compromise his political position in exchange for his freedom. Mandela was in jail from 1963-1990, a total of 27 years, because he refused to allow his country to be overrun by white outsiders.
Nelson Mandela has impacted lives for many years; with his health waning, all humans would do well to remember the brilliant hero for his accomplishments and ambition.
– Zachary Wright