The midday bulletin confirms the pope reacted well to the operation. Pope Francis should stay at the University Hospital in Rome, at least a week.
The midday bulletin, broadcast by Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni, confirms the Pope “reacted well” to the intervention, and spent a quiet night. The fact there were no updates this morning, was a good sign.
“The surgery for diverticular stenosis was performed on the evening of July 4th. It involved a left hemicolectomy and lasted about 3 hours”. The Pope will stay at Gemelli, the University Hospital, for at least a week. “A hospitalisation of about 7 days is expected unless there are complications.”
The Pope decided to undergo surgery at the beginning of July so he has time to recover while he has no other official commitments. At the beginning of the month his holidays began, and as every year, Wednesday general audiences have been suspended and will resume on 4 August.
It is the first time Pope Francis has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.
Diverticular disease is a condition that involves bulges in the wall of the large intestine. This can lead to a narrowing, of the colon. Symptoms include bloating, recurrent abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits.
Message to the pope
This morning, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, sent a message to Francis. “We are waiting for you next Sunday, from the window of the Apostolic Palace, to pray the Angelus together and listen to his word”.
“The closeness of our Churches, our communities, our faithful, with the wish for a good convalescence and speedy recovery”.
And he adds: “Upon hearing the news of his hospitalisation, we prayed for him, entrusting his health to the Father. We entrust to the Lord the doctors and all the health personnel who, with passion and love, are taking care of you and of all patients and the sick. Also on this occasion, he taught us how to deal with suffering. The gaze turned to the commitments of the coming months (the trip to Hungary and Slovakia in September). And the usual smile from the window of the Apostolic Palace, with which he meets us every Sunday, are a great testimony. We must never give in to despair even in the hours of hardest fatigue. Thank you, Holy Father!”.