Pope Francis was moved to the papal apartment on the tenth floor of Gemelli Hospital after the operation, sources said.
After all the blinds in the Pope’s rooms in the clinic had been drawn in the afternoon, two of them could be seen being pulled up in the evening.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church had to undergo the operation because of an impending intestinal obstruction. The Vatican press office had previously announced that his condition had deteriorated. Pope Francis must therefore be operated on this Wednesday. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he had “recurring, painful and worsening” symptoms. The Pope will then have to stay in the clinic for “several days”.
A so-called laparotomy was performed on the 86-year-old, i.e. the opening of the abdominal cavity. According to the Vatican, the procedure was performed under general anesthesia. The medical team had decided in the past few days that the Argentine had to be operated on for a so-called laparocele. This means a fracture in the abdominal area.
Another operation for an intestinal problem
That morning the Pope held the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. The day before he was already in the Gemelli Hospital in Rome to be examined.
In 2021, the Argentine had already been operated under general anesthesia for an intestinal condition – a so-called diverticulitis. Part of his colon was removed. He spent around ten days in the hospital at the time. After that, it was said that he had not tolerated the general anesthesia well.
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