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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Nelson Mandela hospitalized, global well-wishes flood the web

By Melissa Bell
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Students from a school adjacent to the hospital where former South African president Nelson Mandela, fondly known as "Madiba," is said to be undergoing routine tests make their way past a giant get-well card. (Denis Farrell/AP)

When news broke that Nelson Mandela stayed overnight in a South African hospital, an intense outpouring of interest and media attention followed. The current president, Jacob Zuma, asked the media to not push for information and Mandela's office released a short statement saying only that he was in "no danger and in good spirits." Still people around the world worried about the health of the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon. Well-wishes poured out on Twitter.

Here is hoping Madiba is out of the hospital soon. Lack of news is worrying #mandelaless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Nelson #Mandela is hospitalized for tests, and the world's thoughts & prayers wing their way to South Africa.less than a minute ago via web

a moment in the madness to pause and send Best Wishes to Nelson Mandela _ Stay Well Mandiba _ the whole world still needs you!!less than a minute ago via web

Prayers for Nelson Mandela...less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." - Nelson Mandelaless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

Whats the #Mandela news? A nation waits with baited breath..#Madiba, our thoughts are with youless than a minute ago via web


By Melissa Bell  | January 27, 2011; 11:03 AM ET
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