Hospitalised Archbishop Emeritus Tutu ‘lucid and engaging’

The most senior leader of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has issued an update on the condition of his predecessor Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who remains in hospital after being admitted yesterday.

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In a letter to Anglican parishioners worldwide, Makgoba confirms that Tutu has been admitted, as a statement from his wife earlier in the day indicated, due to a stubborn infection that has made a recurrence over the past few years.

“I went to see him this evening, where I found him lucid and engaging. He said he is as good as he can be for an 88-year-old, especially in view of his ill-health in childhood. When I told him that I had told Leah I was coming to scold him out of hospital, he chuckled warmly, which is a good sign. He also said he apologised for making me do so many hospital visits!” recounts Makgoba on his visit with the Nobel Laureate.

He adds that the two of them said the Lord’s Prayer together before he gave Tutu a blessing and left.

“Please pray for him, for Mama Leah, for Trevor, Thandi, Nontombi and Mpho, and their families, and for the doctors treating him,” concludes Makgoba.