TODAY   |  June 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s condition is ‘critical’

South African officials revealed Sunday that the condition of the former South African president, hospitalized for a lung infection, has now been deemed “critical.” NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>> south africa where the health of former president nelson mandela took a turn for the worse over the past weekend. he is listed in critical condition at a hospital in pretoria. good morning to you.

>> reporter: hey, matt, good morning. after so much hope that nelson mandela might be getting better over the last week or so, people are really worried about him now. the president of south africa saying his condition remains critical. the president said he came here late last night and describes him as sleeping but one source told us he hasn't been able to breathe independently and needed a ventilator at least some of the time. that hasn't been confirmed but they say that doctors are doing everything possible. while nelson mandela 's wife is beside his hospital bedside as she has been for the last few weeks. we have seen one of nelson mandela 's daughters arrive here this morning and another daughter saying the family are taking each day as it comes. i just want to read you more of her quotes because it is so moving. he says i pray as his daughter that the transition is smooth. that he is at peace with himself. he has given so much to the world, matt.

>> all right. thank you very