Mandela visits Fassie
May 06, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — Ailing singer Brenda Fassie has shown a determination to
survive, former president Nelson Mandela said on Wednesday.
Photo - AFP
He told reporters that he was moved by Fassie's show of
"She is a determined lady and she has shown her determination to
Mandela was addressing the media outside the Sunninghill
hospital in Johannesburg after he visited Fassie.
Fassie remained in a stable condition, but in a coma, her
recording company EMI said on Wednesday.
Spokesman Leslie Sedibe said Fassie remained "neurologically
unchanged", and her blood pressure was normal.
Fassie was hospitalised on Monday last week following an asthma
attack which led to cardio-respiratory arrest. Doctors were able to
resuscitate her but she fell into a coma.
Mandela, accompanied by his wife Graca, was his humorous self as
a crowd, among them patients, waited at the reception area of the
hospital for a glimpse of him.
"Molo tata, unjani tata," shouted most of the well-wishers.
He shook hands with some of them and shared a joke with the
reporters before he was whisked away by his entourage.
Sedibe said Mandela tried to encourage Fassie not to give up on
her fight to recovery.
"He (Mandela) told her President Thabo Mbeki had visited her and
that the country is fully behind her. Most people, including
government ministers and senior officials, are praying for her
Sedibe said doctors were investigating a possibility of
performing a neuro-physical test on Fassie.
"If they do decided to carryout the test that will be done in
the morning on Thursday," he said.
Called the "Madonna of the townships", after the US pop icon,
Fassie is admired for her golden voice. She is noted in the music
industry for being one of the biggest sellers the country has ever
produced. – Sapa
Fassie in stable condition, may have brain damage [03/05/2004]