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Family hopeful of Tutu's return home

Mpho Tutu says the family hope to have the Arch home by the end of next week.

FILE: Archbiship Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's daughter says the family hopes to have him home by the end of next week.

Mpho says doctors are positive about the treatment Tutu is currently receiving.

'The arch' is in the middle of a two-week course of intravenous treatment for an infection.

Mpho says her father has been handling his treatment rather well and describes him as a "good patient".

She extended her family's appreciation for the messages of support from across the globe, adding her father is grateful for all the jokes some well-wishers have been sending him.

Mpho said there has even been a personal message sent from President Jacob Zuma.

In December last year, the Arch cancelled plans to travel to a meeting of Nobel laureates in Rome because he had started a new course of medication to manage his prostate cancer.

In 1997, Tutu was diagnosed with the cancer and underwent treatment in the United States.

SUPPORT FLOWS IN FOR THE ARCH

Mpho says various world leaders past and present have sent well-wishes, including former US president Jimmy Carter and business mogul Richard Branson.

"He and Jimmy Carter have had a little bit of back and forth because President Carter emailed him to tell him that he was going to be going in for treatment and my father emailed back."