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Sending Prayers To Pope Francis Who Has Undergone Intestinal Surgery

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Sending Prayers To Pope Francis Who Has Undergone Intestinal Surgery

On Wednesday, the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis had undergone intestinal surgery under general anesthesia and would be spending several days in the hospital recovering.

The 86-year-old head of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics has been plagued by health problems in recent years, and this newest one has sparked rumors that he may decide to step down.

Pope Francis experienced an inflammation and constriction of the large intestine two years ago, prompting the removal of 13 inches (33 centimeters) of his colon.

According to the Vatican, the pope is having “laparotomy and abdominal wall plastic surgery with prosthesis” to treat a “recurrent, painful and worsening” intestine constriction.

A follow-up statement confirmed there were no issues during the three-hour procedure.

In open abdominal surgery, also known as a laparotomy.

A surgeon can use it to better identify issues and address them, “due to an incarcerated incisional hernia that is causing recurring, painful and worsening sub-occlusive syndromes” the Vatican explained, justifying the operation.

“The stay at [Rome’s Gemelli hospital] will last several days to allow for the normal post-operative course and full functional recovery.”

Francis was reportedly examined by doctors at the Gemelli Clinic on Tuesday. At the time, it provided no new information.

Pope Francis appeared in his popemobile during his Wednesday audience in Saint Peter’s Square.

According to the Vatican, Pope had two meetings on Wednesday morning before being admitted to the hospital.

Francis was admitted to the Gemelli hospital for three days in March due to bronchitis.

The Vatican initially said Francis had gone in for routine testing, but the pontiff later admitted he had experienced chest pain and needed emergency medical attention due to what was ultimately determined to be a case of bronchitis.

After receiving intravenous antibiotics, he was given the all clear on April 1 with the joke that he was “still alive.”

Francis had a portion of a lung removed when he was young.

Because of strained ligaments in his knee, he has been confined to a wheelchair and walker for almost a year, and he also experiences sciatica nerve discomfort.

While in Canada last July, he lowered and raised himself from chairs with obvious discomfort. However, he nixed the idea of knee surgery, citing “still traces” of the anesthesia from his lengthy colon resection, which lasted more than six hours.

He told reporters that the trip to Canada had been “a little bit of a test.” “At my age and with these limitations, I have to save [my energy] to be able to serve the church or, on the contrary, think about the possibility of stepping aside.”

Francis has had a busy itinerary as of late; the Vatican just revealed that he will be traveling to Portugal for four days in the first week of August and to Mongolia at the month’s end.

Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, withdrew in 2013 because he had to “recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me”; he passed away in December at the age of 95.

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It was the first time in 600 years that a pope had resigned from his position as head of the Roman Catholic Church, and it set a precedent that could be followed by future popes.

Please keep the Pope in your Thoughts and Prayers and we are praying for a speedy recovery!

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