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TODAY   |  March 28, 2013

Nelson Mandela hospitalized for lung infection

The 94-year-old former South African president has been admitted with a recurrence of the lung infection he suffered in December. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

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>> that breaking news overnight. 94-year-old nelson mandela back in a south african hospital being treated for a lung infection.

>> his health has caused concern for some time. we're told this is a reoccurrence of the infection he's battled in the past, including an 18-day stint in the hospital back in december.

>> let us get right to south africa , good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning to you, matt. little detail about this latest hospital trip by the former south african president nelson mandela . the briefest of statements from the office of the current president jacob zuma . but in it, there is no mention of this being a routine or scheduled visit. the sort of language that we have come to expect from the statements released during previous hospitalizations by nelson mandela . we're told that he was taken late last night just before midnight by an ambulance from his home to an unnamed hospital. i just spoke to an official from the south african government who says he's receiving the best possible care. that he's conscious. we're told this is a reoccurrence of a previous lung infection. the same infection that brought him into the hospital for one day earlier this month. the same infection that saw him spend several weeks in hospital at the end of last year, including christmas day . and we know that this has been a problem for nelson mandela in the past. he suffered during his close to 30 years in prison while he was on robin island. and naturally people will be incredibly worried about the health of nelson mandela , but he's 94, nearly 95, and south africans are being asked to keep him in their prayers.