02/26/2012 08:29 EST | Updated 04/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Mandela Released From Hospital


Former South African president Nelson Mandela was released from hospital Sunday, a day after being admitted for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

Officals said he underwent a minor diagnostic surgery to determine the cause. There were unconfirmed media reports he may have a hernia.

South African President Jacob Zuma released a statement saying that Mandela was "surrounded by his family and is relaxed and comfortable."

A spokesman for Zuma, Mac Maharaj, said the 93-year-old Nobel peace laureate had undergone a laparoscopy, a procedure that involves surgeons making an incision in the belly to insert a thin, lighted tube to look at abdominal organs.

A government statement said tests "did not indicate anything seriously wrong" with the anti-apartheid icon and that he had been sent home.

Officials did not disclosed where he was being treated to protect his privacy.