QUNU, South Africa — A week after he was hospitalized with a serious lung infection, former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa has started to recover, his grandson said Saturday.
"He's getting better," the grandson, Mandla Mandela, told mourners at a funeral service for a member of the Mandela clan in Qunu, the remote village in Eastern Cape province where Mandela, 94, spent much of his childhood and where he has lived since mid 2012.
Mandla Mandela said that when he left Pretoria, where his grandfather was being treated by military doctors, "he was looking very good." He thanked Christian congregations in South Africa and across the world for their prayers for Mandela but also urged them to continue.
"People must keep praying, because these are the prayers that will heal my grandfather," he said.
Mandla Mandela, who is said to be very close to his grandfather, was speaking at the funeral of Florence Mandela, a 96-year-old relative who lived close to Nelson Mandela's retirement home in Qunu.