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Pope Francis doing well after undergoing colon surgery in Rome hospital

Rome, July 5, 2021

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, is doing well after undergoing a scheduled surgery for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon in a Rome Hospital on Sunday evening, the Vatican said.

Francis, 84, was taken to A. Gemelli Policlinic on Sunday afternoon, a few hours after he had recited the Angelus as usual with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square in the morning.

"The Holy Father, who was admitted to A. Gemelli Polyclinic in the afternoon, underwent the scheduled surgical operation for diverticular stenosis of the sigma this evening," Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a brief statement.

"The Holy Father reacted well to the operation, conducted under general anaesthesia and performed by Professor Sergio Alfieri, with the assistance of Professor Luigi Sofo, Dr. Antonio Tortorelli and Dr. Roberta Menghi.

"Anaesthesia was conducted by Professor Massimo Antonelli, Professor Liliana Sollazzi and Drs. Roberto De Cicco and Maurizio Soave.

"Professor Giovanni Battista Doglietto and Professor Roberto Bernabei were also present in the operating theatre," the statement added.

This is the first time that Francis is known to have been admitted to a hospital since he was elected to the papacy in 2013.

Diverticular disease is a condition that involves bulges in the large intestine's wall, which can lead to the colon narrowing, and cause bloating, recurrent abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits.


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