JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept 17 – 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.
The much-loved former archbishop of Cape Town gained worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.