Pope Francis Is in ‘Good General Condition’ After Colon Surgery, Vatican Says

ROME — The Vatican stated on Monday that Pope Francis was in “good general condition” a day after present process colon surgical procedure, including that he was anticipated to stay in the hospital for seven days, “if no complications arise.”

The pope, 84, was “alert and breathing on his own,” a Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, stated in a press release, noting that the operation had lasted three hours.

The Vatican stated on Sunday that the process had been scheduled — Francis suffers from diverticulitis, a situation that may infect or inflame the colon — but it surely had made no prior announcement of the go to, and the pope’s admission to a Rome hospital had come as a shock.

The operation is the primary comparatively critical well being disaster for the pope, whose eight-year hold forth has been constructed round his private fashion, charisma and expressed want to reinvigorate the church.

Unlike his predecessors, Francis has by no means left the Vatican for the cooler papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, close to Rome, through the summer season. But he usually slows down his schedule in July, suspending his weekly common audiences with the trustworthy held on Wednesdays, and he doesn’t usually schedule encounters with dignitaries or teams. Some Vatican consultants stated on Monday that he had in all probability scheduled the surgical procedure at first of this month as a result of his agenda was clear.

It is the primary time that Francis has been admitted to a hospital since turning into pope in 2013. For essentially the most half, his well being has not precipitated concern. In 1957, he had an higher lobe of his lung eliminated on account of problems from tuberculosis. And in current years, his respiration has appeared labored throughout speeches. He had a cataract eliminated in 2019.

Pope Francis delivered the Angelus prayer on the Vatican on Sunday earlier than going in to the hospital.Credit…Vatican Media/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

But Francis has maintained an typically exhausting schedule throughout his overseas journeys, most not too long ago to Iraq in March. He has, nonetheless, clearly slowed — in half as a result of he has sciatica, which causes leg and again ache — and he has missed some engagements. This previous yr, he missed New Year’s Eve and Day providers due to a flare-up of that situation.

The surgical procedure on Sunday was carried out by Dr. Sergio Alfieri, who heads the hospital’s advanced operational unit for digestive surgical procedure, assisted by 9 different medical doctors, together with the pope’s private doctor, Roberto Bernabei. Dr. Bernabei’s predecessor, Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi, died in January on account of the coronavirus.

Francis is resting on the 10th flooring of one of many wings of the Gemelli Polyclinic, a college hospital in Rome the place Pope John Paul II was taken for emergency remedy after being shot in May 1981. John Paul II was repeatedly handled on the hospital for numerous circumstances, to the purpose that he started to jokingly name it “the third Vatican.” Francis is staying in the identical rooms occupied by John Paul II.

The Vatican stated late Sunday that Francis had “responded well” to the operation, which befell whereas the pope was beneath common anesthesia.

Updates on Pope Francis’ situation are anticipated to be issued twice a day by the Vatican.

Get-well-soon messages arrived from all around the world, in keeping with Vatican News, the Vatican’s on-line information website. On Monday, the workplace of Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, stated that Mr. Draghi wished the pope a “rapid convalescence and speedy recovery.”