Pope Francis to undergo intestine surgery

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Pope Francis gestures on a wheelchair as he gives his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on January 11, 2023. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope Francis to undergo intestinal surgery

Juliet Buna

The Pope Francis is being admitted to hospital for intestinal surgery and will remain there for several days, the Vatican has said.

According to Telegraph, the 86-year-old requires an operation on his abdominal wall under a general anaesthetic, the Vatican said.

It added that his medical team had decided in recent days that surgery was required and that he was expected to stay in hospital for “several days” to recover.

The Pontiff was due to be taken to hospital following his weekly audience at the Vatican on Wednesday morning, where he made no mention of the planned operation. He had spent 40 minutes having a check-up at Gemelli hospital on Tuesday.

The pope, who marked the 10th anniversary of his pontificate in March, often uses a wheelchair or a cane to walk because of persistent knee pain.

In July 2021 he had part of his colon removed in an operation aimed at addressing a painful bowel condition called diverticulitis. He said earlier this year that the condition had returned.

The Pope last year said he didn’t want to have an operation on his knee because the general anaesthesia for his colon surgery had brought disagreeable side-effects.

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