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Prayers for Mandela: Well-wishers remain upbeat outside hospital even as prognosis remains grim

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Ninety-five children release 95 balloons after praying for former President Nelson Mandela to mark his upcoming 95th birthday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection on June 27 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Supporters sing as they pay their respects to Mandela outside the hospital on June 27.

According to one of Nelson Mandela's daughters his condition "doesn't look good," but many of the well-wishers outside of the hospital seem determined to celebrate his life rather than dwell on his prognosis. "He's still there. He might be waning off, but he's still there," Makaziwe Mandela told SABC radio. Read full story

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Supporters dance in support of Nelson Mandela outside the hospital in June 27.

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Children pose for a family photograph outside the hospital on June 27.

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Children gather to leave messages of support for Nelson Mandela outside the hospital on June 26.

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People sing as they leave messages of support for Mandela outside the hospital on June 26.

View images of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who went from anti-apartheid activist to prisoner to South Africa's first black president.

NBC's Keir Simmons reports from outside the Pretoria, South Africa, hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated, as the presidential spokesman says "it doesn't look good" and Mandela's daughter asks people to respect his privacy.

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