Pope Francis was admitted to a Rome hospital on Sunday to endure a “scheduled surgical procedure” for a stenosis, or restriction, of the massive gut, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni stated.
The 84-year-old pontiff was affected by “symptomatic diverticular stenosis” of the colon, a situation that may trigger recurrent belly ache, bloating and adjustments in bowel habits, Bruni stated.
It was not instantly clear when the surgical procedure in Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic would happen, however Bruni stated one other assertion can be issued after the operation.
It’s the first time Francis has been admitted to a hospital since his election in 2013, in line with Reuters.
The pope gave the impression to be in superb well being a number of hours earlier when he addressed 1000’s of individuals in St. Peter’s Sq. for his Sunday blessing and message. He informed the group that he plans to go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.
Every week in the past, Francis had used the identical look to ask the general public for particular prayers for himself, which, in hindsight might need been hinting on the deliberate surgical procedure.
Aside from sciatica, which causes ache in his legs when he walks, the pope has been in comparatively good well being since his election. He had a part of one lung eliminated as a younger man.
Gemelli docs have carried out surgical procedure earlier than on papal sufferers, together with in 1992, when Pope John Paul II had a benign tumor in his colon eliminated.
Diverticulitis is an irritation triggered when folks develop small sacs, or diverticuli, within the colon partitions. The situation is often symptomless, however could cause discomfort and, typically, bleeding, CNN reported.
The situation impacts greater than half of adults within the US and is extra frequent as folks age, in line with the US Nationwide Institutes of Well being.
With Publish wires