05 Aug 2013 09:00
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - The 85-year-old Ludwig Stanley, who aided Founding Father Sam Nujoma to skip the country in 1960, is recovering in the Windhoek Central Hospital after suffering yet another stroke on Wednesday.
His wife Claudia told Nampa on Monday that her husband suffered his second stroke last Wednesday while visiting relatives in Maun, Botswana.
He was hospitalised in Maun, before being airlifted by the Namibian Government to Windhoek to receive urgent medical attention.
Stanley suffered his first stroke in 2001, which left him almost paralysed on the left side of his body, and also received heart bypass surgery in 2006.
When Nampa visited the Central Hospital on Monday, Stanley was awake but not speaking.
He has not spoken since he had the stroke, but he is able to move his hands, said Claudia, adding that doctors have indicated that he will improve and will be able to talk and walk again.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was quoted in a local daily newspaper on Monday as saying that the Namibian government cares for its citizens, and Stanley needed urgent rescue.
Stanley has been living in Botswana for more than 40 years, but is still a Namibian national.
Namibia's history cannot be told without mentioning Stanley, the man who risked his life to see to it that Nujoma, Deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila, Prime Minister Hage Geingob and many others crossed the border into Botswana in efforts to secure Namibia's independence.
Stanley was born in Windhoek to a British father, Albert Stanley, and OvaHerero mother Elizabeth Mbauruma.
He is a father of seven children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.