Hospitalised Tutu expected home after treatment
We are delighted to hear that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has been back in hospital receiving treatment for a stubborn infection, will hopefully be allowed home this week.
The 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been hospitalised several times over the past few years for the treatment of similar conditions. He was
admitted to hospital again last week. Among those visiting the veteran anti-apartheid activist was Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba who said he found him “lucid” and “engaging”.
In a letter to parishioners Makgoba said: “I went to see him this evening, where I found him lucid and engaging. He said he is as good as he can be for an 88-year-old, especially in view of his ill health in childhood
“When I told him that I had told Leah I was coming to scold him out of hospital, he chuckled warmly, which is a good sign. He also said he apologised for making me do so many hospital visits!
“Before leaving, we said the Lord's Prayer together and I gave him a blessing.”
Meanwhile the Tutu family has expressed enormous gratitude to all who have sent their love and prayers and say that they hope that he will be released this week.
Archbishop Tutu has battled prostate cancer for years after being initially diagnosed in 1997.
The lifelong campaigner for human rights and social justice now lives in retirement with his wife and makes few public appearances.H was last seen welcoming the World Cup-winning South African Rugby team when they returned to South Africa last month.
In September he was seen during a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their baby Archie.