Pope Francis continues to recover after abdominal surgery

Rome, June 10 (EFE).- Pope Francis was recovering well in a Rome hospital Saturday, days after his June 7 abdominal surgery.

However, doctors have advised rest for some more days for the 86-year-old and urged him to skip his Sunday Angelus address.

A Vatican press statement said the decision to let the pope pray privately was taken following the advice of his doctors and considering the postoperative recovery times for operations of the kind carried out on him.

“Pope Francis will recite the Angelus prayer in private,” said the Vatican.

Sergio Alfieri, the doctor who performed the surgery at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, said the pope was off all intravenous treatments and given a semi-liquid diet.

He has no fever and is hemo-dynamically stable.

“His blood tests and postoperative chest X-ray are good,” Alfieri told reporters at the hospital.

The doctor stressed that the pope was doing fine from a cardiorespiratory point of view.

Alfieri said he will have to remain hospitalized for the entire next week – “a decision made out of caution to facilitate recovery.”

“The total recovery time is three months for everyone. It is very important that he returns to work physically strong. But we can only suggest it because he is the one who decides,” the doctor said.

The pope was admitted to Gemelli Hospital on Wednesday to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall. EFE


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