Pope in good condition and ‘breathing spontaneously’ after colon surgery

Rome, Jul 5 (EFE).- Pope Francis, 84, is in good general condition, “alert and breathing spontaneously” after the colon surgery he underwent Sunday, according to a statement by the Vatican issued on Monday.

The Argentine pontiff remains under observation at the Gemelli University Hospital as he recovers from the “symptomatic diverticular stenosis” operation, a colon condition particularly associated with old age.

“The Holy Father reacted well to the operation, conducted under general anaesthesia,” according to Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni.

He said the surgery consisted of a left hemicolectomy and took about three hours to complete.

“He is expected to remain in hospital for approximately seven days, barring any complications,” he added.

The pope was admitted to hospital Sunday at 1pm local time (11am GMT), following the Angelus prayer that morning, and the surgery was performed by Professor Sergio Alfieri, assisted by another seven doctors.

The announcement Sunday was unexpected, as Pope Francis’ surgery appointment was not known to the public.

He traditionally decreases public appearances during the month of July to rest, maintaining weekly presence only for the Sunday Angelus prayer. EFE


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