PRETORIA, South Africa, Dec. 15 (UPI) --
Former South African President Nelson Mandela
successfully underwent a gallstone operation Saturday, the government said.
The statement said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was recovering, the BBC reported Saturday.
Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital Dec. 8 for a lung infection. Tests revealed the presence of gallstones and Mandela's physicians decided to remove them after he recovered from the infection.
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