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Pope Francis Doing Well After Colon Surgery

The scheduled surgery for a diverticular stenosis of the colon concluded Sunday evening.

The surgical operation Pope Francis underwent on Sunday evening is over, announced the director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni.

“Admitted in the afternoon to the A. Gemelli Hospital, the Holy Father underwent surgery in the evening for a diverticular stenosis of the colon.”

“The Holy Father”, Bruni explained, “reacted well to the surgery done under general anesthesia and performed by Prof. Sergio Alfieri, assisted by Prof. Luigi Sofo, Dr. Antonio Tortorelli and Dr. Roberta Megnhi.” (Read: Popes Francis, Benedict XVI Receive First Dose of COVID Vaccine)

“Anaesthesia was administered by Prof. Massimo Antonelli, Prof. Liliana Sollazzi, Dr. Roberto De Cicco, and Dr. Maurizio Soave. Also present in the operating room were Prof. Giovanni Battista Doglietto and Prof. Roberto Bernabei.”

Colon Surgery

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Pope Francis raises his hand in greeting as he delivers the Angelus hours before being admitted to Gemelli hospital for colon surgery, at the Vatican, July 4, 2021. Picture taken July 4, 2021. (Photo from Vatican Media/Handout/Reuters)

On Sunday afternoon, 4 July, Pope Francis was taken to A. Gemelli Policlinic in Rome where he had undergone scheduled surgery. The Pope recited the Angelus as usual with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square.

The Holy See Press Office confirmed the information through a statement to accredited journalists sent through Telegram: “This afternoon, His Holiness Pope Francis was taken to A. Gemelli Policlinic in Rome where he will undergo a scheduled surgery for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.” (Read: Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention For July)

Prof. Sergio Alfieri. Dr. Alfieri, a member of the hospital’s Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and heads the Digestive Surgery Complex Operational Unit performed the surgery. He is specialized in general, digestive, colon-rectal, stomach, and pancreatic surgery.


Text by Vatican News staff writer

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