As the world continues to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, we are beginning to hear the story of the nurses and doctors who cared for the great leader during the final years of his life.
South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula recently paid tribute to those nurses and doctors.
“These are the people who for the past three, four, years have spent their lives and days looking after this man,” Mapisa-Nqakula said to news24.com. “They left their families, they relocated…to take care of Tata.”
He also praised the large healthcare team for keeping the details of Mandela’s health private during that time. Additionally, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel said the team would be honored during the public memorial. She also praised the health team personally.
“So much happened and there were moments that … you would realize they [nurses and doctors]) were exhausted, but very determined to look after the old man,” she said.
Mandela was last admitted to the hospital in June due to a lung infection and he died on Thursday, December 5.