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Mandela's docs won't switch off.

Byline: from Andy Lines in in Johannesburg

NELSON Mandela's life support machine will NOT be turned off unless his major organs fail, it was revealed last night.

The anti-apartheid hero, 94, is still in critical condition but his family deny he is in a "persistent vegetative state".

Close friend Denis Goldberg asked Mandela's doctors if they plan to end life support.

He said: "They said they would consider it only if there was a genuine state of organ failure.

"Since that hasn't occurred they were quite prepared to stabilise him until he recovers."

The South African icon was taken into hospital in Pretoria with a lung infection 30 days ago.

A source said the seriousness of his condition was exaggerated during a legal fight over the reburial of his three children.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 7, 2013
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