The clinical picture of Pope Francisco “Improves progressively” after he was admitted yesterday for a respiratory infection, and continues the indicated treatment, as confirmed by the spokesman for the Holy See, Matteo Bruni.
“The clinical picture progressively improves and the scheduled treatment continues,” explained the spokesman in a brief statement.
The 86-year-old pontiff has been admitted to the papal apartment at the Gemelli hospital in Rome suffering from a respiratory infection since Wednesday.
Tonight he has rested “well” and in the morning, after breakfast, he has read some newspapers and has “resumed work” from the room. Before lunch, in addition, she has gone to the chapel of the hospital apartment to pray and attend mass.
The pontiff “suffers from a respiratory infection that will require a few days of adequate hospital medical treatment,” the Vatican press office reported hours after being hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon.
“In recent days, Pope Francis had been suffering from some respiratory difficulties and this afternoon he went to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic for medical check-ups,” he explained, specifying that it is not a Covid-19 infection.
According to the media, Francisco underwent a CT scan of his chest and other medical tests, which have ruled out pneumonia, and his state of health is not worrying after the results. These health problems occur just three days after Palm Sunday, which begins the rites of Holy Week, and it is still not clear if and how the pope will be able to officiate them.
His hospitalization caused surprise since the Vatican initially announced that the pontiff had been admitted “for previously scheduled controls”, without mentioning any reason, but the pope had scheduled an interview that same afternoon for a RAI public television program that had to be voided.
It will be necessary to see how his condition evolves in the hospital, where he is accompanied by his personal nurse, Massimiliano Strappetti, according to the media, to find out if he will be able to participate in the many Easter events in which his presence is scheduled.
“Pope Francis is moved by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” the Vatican said in the statement.
It is the second time that Francisco has been admitted to this Roman hospital, after he underwent colon surgery on July 4, 2021, and remained hospitalized for ten days in which he came to celebrate the Angelus from the balcony of the health center.
Since then, the Pope has only suffered a problem in his right knee that forces him to walk with a cane or a wheelchair and has assured on several occasions that he does not want to undergo surgery.
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