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    This article says Mandela is on life support. His time may have come, at age 94. He gave a lot to the world.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/26/world/...html?hpt=hp_t3

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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.

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    Mandela is a legend and his legacy will live on.

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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by lmarie086 View Post
    This is truly heartbreaking.
    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.
    I hear outside a million panicking birds, and know even out there comfort is done with; it has shattered even the stars, this creature at last come home to me.

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    Twitter:

    BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 1h
    Nelson Mandela's condition improved overnight and 'he is much better today', South African President Jacob Zuma says
    Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 1h
    Condition of Nelson Mandela improved overnight, remains critical but is stable, Presidency says - @PresidencyZA http://bit.ly/125ynnz
    Obviously not a medical or family source, but still (maybe) good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    Obviously not a medical or family source, but still (maybe) good news.
    I don't buy it.
    3539 and counting.

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

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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!)

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    Dying patients often get better right before they die.

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    He endured so much and gave back even more... now it is time to let him go, if the situation is one where he is being kept alivea nd will not recover. I hope his family will give him this (if he is indeed on life support and the situation is one where a "decision" must be made). I hope it is quick and he is kept comfortable, without pain. He does not need to live just a few days more for anyone if it is causing him pain. I hope everyone, when it is their time, gets a quick and painless death if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latte View Post
    Dying patients often get better right before they die.
    That's exactly the thought that crossed my mind when I read he was getting better.

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    What crossed my mind is that in the past few weeks, the "official" statements, as in, those from government officials, have not been necessarily corroborated by other news....
    I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields

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    Not much change in his condition- the way this sounds:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/30/world/...html?hpt=hp_t2

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    Another appreciation of Mandela, by an African:
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/opinio...html?hpt=hp_t4

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    I wish they would let that poor man die in peace. What good does it do to keep him alive on life support and a kidney mech.

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    Ending Mandela's life support 'rejected'

    Nelson Mandela's doctors have rejected the idea of turning off the ailing icon's life support unless he suffers massive organ failure, a close family friend says.

    Denis Goldberg - an anti-apartheid activist who has been Mandela's friend for more than half a century - said the issue of turning off life support was discussed and ultimately dismissed.
    "I was told the matter had been raised and the doctors said they would only consider such a situation if there was a genuine state of organ failure," Goldberg said on Friday.
    Kind of weird the doctors are allowed to say that actually, I would have thought only the family could. And it's the opposite of what the court documents say (also in the article), which is extra weird. Really, really sad such a great man may not be able to die a dignified death...instead it sounds like he is being used for the court battle.

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