South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu will this week undergo minor surgery to fix an undisclosed but persistent infection, his family said Tuesday.
The 84-year-old Nobel Peace laureate was hospitalised 13 days ago to treat a recurring infection.
His family said in a statement that he was still in Cape Town hospital where he is responding “well” to treatment, but will have to undergo surgery.
“The Archbishop will undergo a small surgical procedure on Wednesday to address the root cause of the infections,” said a statement released by the family.
The statement did not provide further details.
He was hospitalised three times in 2015 over a persistent infection that his foundation — the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation — said was a result of the prostate cancer treatment he has been receiving for nearly 20 years.
The much-adored former archbishop of Cape Town, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, gaining worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to South Africa’s apartheid regime