South Africa’s Tutu back in hospital

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been hospitalized again, this time for an “inflammation,” his daughter said on Tuesday, the second time in a month the 83-year-old has needed medical treatment.

Former Archbishop of Cape Town and veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu holds a mass at Cape Town's Anglican St George's Cathedral December 6, 2013.  REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Former Archbishop of Cape Town and veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu holds a mass at Cape Town’s Anglican St George’s Cathedral December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

The 83-year-old, who has wrestled with health problems for years, was admitted Monday evening and is expected to remain there for at least 24 hours.

Tutu’s daughter, Canon Mpho Tutu, didn’t elaborate on the kind of inflammation but said it was unrelated to the infection that sent him to the hospital last month.

In recent weeks, Tutu has struggled with a persistent infection with trips in and out of hospital.

“He is 83, not 38,” his daughter said. “So bouncing back from an illness is not quite as easy as it once was.”

“My mother is worried,” she added. “They have been together for 60 years.”

Tutu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid in his native South Africa, has remained active well into his 80s with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and other organizations.

He previously underwent hospital tests for a persistent infection in 2013.

Last year, he canceled travel plans because of a long-running battle with prostate cancer.

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