Quiet night at the Gemelli for Pope Francis, after the three-hour surgery on the intestine to which he was subjected yesterday afternoon under general anesthesia, "without complications", by the team led by prof. Sergio Alfieri.
From the staff of the University Hospital it transpires that the situation is calm, there are no other news after those already communicated last night to the press by prof. Alfieri on the fact that the Pontiff had "reacted well to the surgery", that he was "alert and conscious" and did not fail to "make jokes". The post-operative course, at the moment, proceeds as planned.
"The night passed well, more information at the end of the morning," the Vatican Press Office reported on the situation regarding Pope Francis, received at Gemelli after yesterday afternoon's bowel surgery.
Among the many reactions and statements of closeness on social media, that of Father Antonio Spadaro, director of Civiltà Cattolica and a personality very close to the Pontiff: "Yes, it has a strong fiber. But above all great faith and... a great sense of humor. Always and in spite of everything".
Explaining Bergoglio's current condition, Prof. Alfieri said yesterday that "together with other colleagues it was decided to schedule the surgery," due to the presence of "tenacious adhesions in the loops in the middle of the middle intestine that caused the symptomatology. These internal scars and the difficulty of transit with a plastic and with the help of a prosthetic mesh have been freed", adding that "the Holy Father reacted well".
"The surgery two years ago was done for a benign pathology, diverticular stenosis is benign, the pathology for which he was operated today is benigana and will leave no traces. The hospital stay will be between 5 and seven days, he is 86 years old and has already undergone 4 operations. Give us a few days," the surgeon said.
The surgery "took place without complications and lasted three hours," the Vatican Press Office announced. The pontiff was then taken back to his apartment on the tenth floor of the polyclinic.
"Pope Francis is alert and conscious and thanks for the numerous messages of closeness and prayer that immediately reached him," reports the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni.
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The first in July 2021. From the school of the surgeons of the pontiffs (ANSA)
Pope Francis, the arrival at Gemelli
"The operation, arranged in recent days by the medical team that assists the Holy Father, was necessary because of an incarcerated laparocele that is causing recurrent, painful and worsening sub-occlusive syndromes. The stay at the health facility will last several days to allow the normal post-operative course and full functional recovery", said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni.
"Your Holiness, in view of your admission to the Gemelli Polyclinic, I would like to send you my best wishes for the positive outcome of the operation to which you will be subjected this afternoon. The Italian people are close to you with sentiments of affection and solidarity, which I make fully mine. At this time, in addition to the prayers of the Catholic faithful, she can count on the shared thoughts of countless people, believers and non-believers alike. I renew to Your Holiness my most sincere wishes for a peaceful convalescence, and for a prompt and complete recovery". Sergio Mattarella writes in a message to the Pope.
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"You have seen the press release, I believe there are no other words to add. We follow him with our affection - this is how Cardinal Pietro Parolin replied to journalists on the state of the Pope's health - we follow him with our prayers, hoping that everything can be resolved as soon as possible and he returns to the exercise of his ministry". Asked if he is worried, he replied: "I don't know what to say because I have no elements to say either way. It seemed to me that the communiqué tried to say things in a very technical way, which perhaps is not so easy even to understand, but to give the elements that allow us to frame the problem".
The surgeon Alfieri operates on the Pope, it is the second time.
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