Nelson Mandela, 94, in "serious but stable" condition

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  1. Kasey

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  2. Vash01

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    Wow! He is 94? He has had a remarkable life. Best wishes to him, for a full recovery though.
     
  3. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    He's 95 next month. I doubt that a full recovery is possible for him, as his lungs are badly damaged. Hopefully he will get through this latest illness, but at his age his grip on life is always going to be tenuous. I think his loss, when it comes, will be deeply felt all around the world. There are few people who make so indelible an impression on so many. :(
     
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  4. Latte

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    I have the same feeling about him as I have about Prince Phillip. Not going to last much longer. Sorry but true.
     
  5. Buzz

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    Maybe it is time to let him go. I work with seniors and there comes a time when everyone needs to accept that their loved ones time is coming up and prepare for it. Mandela is one of the greatest leaders of all and his legacy will live on forever.
     
  6. Kasey

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    Buzz, I agree with you in principle; I work with people all the time who are kept alive, suffering, because their family isn't ready to say goodbye. I just do not know if that is the case here; we don't know if he is the one making his own decisions of care or if his family is, and how cogent he is at this point.
     
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  8. Kasey

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    One of the most difficult things in the world is a family deciding when to "let go". Wishing them, and him, peace.
     
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  10. orientalplane

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    A thousand times :(
     
  11. milanessa

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    As hard as it will be I hope they let him go with dignity.
     
  12. numbers123

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    I agree milanessa.
     
  13. DarrellH

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    Thank you, Nelson Mandela
     
  14. Really

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    So sad...such a great man. :(
     
  15. Angelskates

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    I agree.
     
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  17. Vash01

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    Just saw on CNN that Mandela is in critical condition. It does not sound good.
     
  18. skatesindreams

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  19. Kasey

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    He has been such an inspiration to so many people both when he was incarcerated and then when he was released and became President and worked to integrate all South Africans - both Black and White.

    I hope he will be allowed to die with dignity and as painlessly as possible. He has had an amazingly long life and has achieved probably more in his one lifetime than many others combined.
     
  21. Vash01

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  22. skatesindreams

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    I hope his family -- and the people of South Africa -- will allow him a "Glorious Entrance Into the Land of Light and Joy", to quote the Anglican/Episcopal Service.
     
  23. Buzz

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    Mandela is a legend and his legacy will live on.
     
  24. Angelskates

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    Every time I see this thread has new posts, I think he's died. :(
     
  25. lmarie086

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    This is truly heartbreaking. Mandela has impacted so many lives, and he has truly been an inspiration. I hope that when the time comes, it comes easily and quietly. And I hope that his family will find strength in his memory, because what a glorious one it will be. Such a great man.
     
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  26. orientalplane

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    Yes. But while a week ago I was turning on the morning news terrified that he had died, now I wish the family would agree to let him go. He's almost 95 and on life support; what's the point of extending his life artificially in this way? He's not going to recover. It must be so incredibly hard for the family to allow him to die, because not only do they have their own grief to deal with, but also that of the nation and the world. But the end comes even for the greatest of men and women. His time has now come, surely, desperately sad though it is. Nelson Mandela, the world will never forget you. :(
     
  27. dardar1126

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    Obviously not a medical or family source, but still (maybe) good news.
     
  28. milanessa

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    I don't buy it.
     
  29. skatesindreams

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    There may be a great deal of "wishful thinking" occurring -- and being reported - now.
     
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  30. danceronice

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    He's 94 and kidney failure is painful. They should just let him die in peace. (Including them media just backing the F off. He's a dying old man. That's not news. The state funeral will be news. Leave his family alone!)