Pope Francis Rome hospital stay extended by few more days following surgery
The Vatican has said that Pope Francis will spend few more days in the hospital after his July 4 intestinal surgery to “optimize” recovery and rehabilitation treatment and therapy, on Monday.
In the recent update on Monday, the Vatican said he had completed his post-operative treatment but Pope Francis Rome Hospital stay will continue “a few more days to optimize medical and rehabilitation therapy.” The earlier report had originally said Francis could be released from Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic by the end of last week.
Surgeons removed half of Francis’ colon on July 4 for what doctors said was a severe narrowing of the large intestine.
The 84-year-old appeared for the first time in public since the surgery on Sunday, looking in good form as he delivered his weekly prayer from the 10th floor hospital balcony. He used the occasion to call for free health care for all.
Francis set the surgery for July, when he typically suspends all public and private audiences and takes some time to rest. Even as he recovers, plans are going ahead for an autumn of travel, including confirmation Monday from the Scottish church that Francis hopes to make a quick trip to Glasgow to attend the COP26 climate conference in November.
The climate conference is due to take place Oct. 31-Nov. 12, but Francis is only expected to go “for a very short time,” the bishops said, explaining that his visit consequently wouldn’t include a full program of pastoral gatherings that are normally part of a foreign papal trip.
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