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Tutu readmitted to hospital, says family

South African retired archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was on Saturday readmitted to hospital in Cape Town just days after being discharged following surgery, his family said.

Tutu, 84, underwent a “minor surgical procedure” last week to determine the cause of a “recurring infection”. He was discharged Wednesday, but was hospitalised again three days later.

“The Archbishop was readmitted on Saturday as a precaution after his surgical wound had shown signs of infection,” said a statement by his family. His wife Leah Tutu said she was “very grateful for the ongoing prayers and support”.

The Nobel Peace laureate was last year hospitalised over a persistent infection which was a result of the 
prostate cancer treatment he has been receiving for nearly 20 years. 

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