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Health Highlights: June 24, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Mandela in Critical Condition

Nelson Mandela's health deteriorated over the weekend and he is in critical condition in hospital, South African President Jacob Zuma said late Sunday.

Zuma didn't provide more details about the anti-apartheid hero and former president, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"Madiba is critical in hospital. This is the father of democracy. This is the man who fought and sacrificed his life. All of us as a country should accept that Madiba is old as he ages his health will trouble him," Zuma told reporters.

"Doctors are doing everything to ensure his well being and comfort," he noted.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on June 8 for treatment of a lung infection. He has had a number of respiratory ailments since contracting tuberculosis during the 27 years he spent in prison for his anti-apartheid activities, WSJ reported.

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10-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Awake

The 10-year-old girl who underwent a lung transplant last week after her family won a court battle is out of a coma and responsive.

Sarah Murnaghan woke up Friday night. She remains on a ventilator and is unable to talk, but is nodding and shaking her head in response to questions, according to family spokeswoman Tracy Simon, CNN reported.

Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, was put in a medically induced coma before her transplant surgery to give her body time to rest before the procedure on June 12 in which she received lungs from an adult donor.

The transplant was conducted after Sarah's family won a court challenge against a rule that prevented her from receiving adult lungs. In response the case, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network's executive committee recently approved a one-year change that makes children younger than 12 eligible for priority on adult lung transplant lists, CNN reported.

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