According to the Holy See spokesman, the Pontiff will have to spend more time in recovery to “optimize medical therapy and rehabilitation.”
Italy – Rome ( July 12, 2021 8:30 PM, Gaudium Press) On Monday morning, July 12, Holy See spokesman Matteo Bruni announced that Pope Francis would remain hospitalized for a few more days at Gemelli polyclinic in Rome.
On July 4, the 84-year-old Pontiff underwent a three-hour surgery to treat a stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis. It consists of an abdominal disease common among people over 60 years of age. The surgery also removed part of his colon.
Optimizing medical therapy and rehabilitation
Typically, recovery for this type of surgery takes up to a week, followed by at least two more weeks of limited activity. However, according to Bruni, the Holy Father is expected to extend his recovery to “optimize medical therapy and rehabilitation.”
Francis and the patients on the 10th floor
Bruni also commented that before the Sunday recitation of the Marian prayer of the Angelus, Francis expressed his desire to meet some of the little patients of the neighbouring Oncology unit, including their respective families. In addition, he greeted the patients hospitalized on that floor, talking briefly with doctors and nurses. (EPC)
Compiled by Gustavo Kralj