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June 24th, 2013
06:01 AM ET

Mandela’s condition downgraded to critical

CNN is following the latest in South Africa now, where Nelson Mandela's condition appears to be deteriorating.

Officials there announced that the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader has been downgraded from serious to critical condition as he battles a lung infection.

Robyn Curnow is reporting live this morning in Pretoria.

Mandela’s family is taking every day one at a time as he gets treated in the intensive care unit of a South African hospital, Curnow reports. His daughter Maki says she just wants him to be comfortable, and believes her father “is at peace with himself” for all he's given to the world.

But the media attention is disturbing them. “While he is at peace, they say they are angry, uncomfortable with the intense media interest.”

Maki asks for space for the family whether it's her father's last moments with them or not.

“For them Mandela is not the global icon," Curnow says. "He's a father, a grandfather, who they don't want to share with the world at this critical time…So they wait and hope.”

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