By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (ANS – August 27, 2015) — Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Canon Mpho Tutu, has been speaking about her father’s health.
South Africa’s archbishop is in hospital for the third time in recent weeks, and is now half-way through what is expected to be a two-week treatment.
She told the BBC that the hugs and kisses of well-wishers were making “the world of difference” to her father’s recovery.
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation said he was on a new course of antibiotics to treat an inflammation.
The BBC went on to say that the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate “is in good spirits and not in any pain,” the family said.
The first black archbishop of Cape Town played a vocal role opposing white-minority rule in South Africa.
This is his third stay in hospital in recent weeks.
He was previously treated for an infection resulting from his prostate cancer treatment, added the BBC.
Details of his current condition have not been released.
Archbishop Tutu retired from public life in 2011 but continues to travel.
The archbishop deeply appreciates the prayers and good wishes of so many, said his daughter, Canon Mpho Tutu.
“While my father was very grateful to the media for its concern, he had humbly requested journalists not to anticipate daily updates on his condition so that he could rest peacefully while receiving treatment,” his daughter added.
Photo captions: Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Canon Mpho Tutu. (Photo: BBC). 2) Desmond Tutu and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren together (Photo: ORYX Media). 3) Dan Wooding interviewing Desmond Tutu in Sheffield, England, as Mark Russell looks on.)
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books and has even interviewed Desmond Tutu, during a visit to Church Army in Sheffield, England, as Church Army leader, Mark Russell, (left) looks on.
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