Nelson Mandela’s doctor and friend dies: honoured and won’t be forgotten

Nelson Mandela's doctor and friend dies: honoured and won't be forgotten
Former South African President Nelson Mandela attends the sixth Nelson Annual Mandela lecture in Kliptown, near Johannesburg, in this July 12, 2008 file photo. Mandela remained in a “serious but stable” condition in a Pretoria hospital on June 11, 2013 after four days of treatment for a lung infection, the government said. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files (SOUTH AFRICA – Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

Prof Michael Plit, an expert pulmonologist who treated previous president Nelson Mandela, has kicked the bucket.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the doctor was likewise Madiba’s companion.

“We have been disheartened to know about the loss of one more individual who assumed a significant job in Nelson Mandela’s life, Dr Michael Plit, who was Madiba’s own doctor for well more than two decades.

“Madiba was treated by numerous clinical experts during his life, particularly in those most recent 10 years, however it was Dr Plit who Madiba approached most.”

The establishment cited Mandela’s previous individual colleague, Zelda la Grange: “Madiba truly trusted Dr Plit with his life.”

The establishment articulation stated: “Dr Plit turned out to be to a greater degree a companion than a recruited proficient, to a greater degree a confided in instructor than a doctor. He was consistently there for Madiba, through various challenges. We respect Dr Plit and won’t overlook him.”

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