Nelson Mandela

South Africa Denies Reports Mandela Is in a Vegetative State

A statement has doctors denying the report, which came from court documents

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The South African government has denied a report that former president Nelson Mandela is in a vegetative state. The report Thursday from the French news agency was based on court documents filed last month.

A statement from the presidency cites doctors as denying the report, and reiterates an earlier statement that Mandela remains in critical but stable condition.

The anti-apartheid icon, who is 94, has spent nearly a month in Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital.