CAPETOWN, JULY 31, 2015 (CISA) – South Africa’s Archbishop emeritus, Desmond Tutu has been re-admitted to a hospital in Capetown just a week after being, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said.
“He was discharged from hospital on July 21 and re-admitted on July 29, after expressing renewed discomfort. His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation,” a statement by his foundation said.
According to the Nation newspaper, Tutu was first hospitalised for the infection on July 14.
The 83 year old Nobel peace laureate also continues battling prostate cancer which he has lived with for 15 years, but his foundation reiterated that the current infection was unrelated.
“The hospitalization is unrelated to his cancer treatment. His oncologist confirms that his PSA (Prostate specific antigen) level is pleasingly low,” “Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu said.
The foundation added the veteran rights campaigner would undergo bed rest while his doctors determine further treatment and remain in hospital.
Under apartheid, Tutu campaigned against white minority rule during the years that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and was awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace prize for his work.