S.Africa’s Tutu undergoes ‘successful’ surgery

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South African anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu was hospitalised three times in 2015 over a persistent infection ©Rodger Bosch (AFP/File)

South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu successfully underwent minor surgery to fix nagging infections that have kept him in hospital for two weeks, his wife said.

The “surgery this afternoon was successful and he was in good spirits”, Leah Tutu said in a statement.

Doctors conducted the procedure to “address the cause of recurring infections he has battled since mid-2015”, the family said in a statement.

The 84-year-old Nobel Peace laureate admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital on August 24 for treatment to control the infection.

He was hospitalised three times in 2015 over a persistent infection that his foundation — the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation — said was a result of the prostate cancer treatment he has been receiving for nearly 20 years.

The popular former archbishop of Cape Town, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, gaining worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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