Pope ‘in good condition’ at Gemelli Hospital

The Vatican Press Office provides an update on Pope Francis’ progress health following his laparotomy and abdominal wall plastic surgery, which took place Wednesday afternoon

Hospital Universitario Agostino Gemelli. (Vatican Media)
Hospital Universitario Agostino Gemelli. (Vatican Media)

The Vatican Press Office provided an update on Pope Francis’ continued progress following his laparotomy and abdominal wall plastic surgery with prosthesis Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement to journalists accredited to the Holy See, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni said, “The medical staff following the post-operative progress of the Pontiff reports that Pope Francis spent a quiet night, managing to rest for a long time; he is in good overall condition, and is alert and breathing on his own.”

“The routine follow-up examinations are good. He will take the necessary post-operative rest for the whole day.”

“The Pope has been made aware of the messages of closeness and affection that have arrived in the last few hours, and has expressed his gratitude, while at the same time asking for continued prayers.”

Meanwhile, more messages of closeness and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Pontiff continue to pour in from around the world.

Earlier Thursday morning, via Telegram, Matteo Bruni communicated to journalists that the first night of Pope Francis’ stay at the Policlinico Gemelli hospital went well.

Yesterday, surgeon Sergio Alfieri told reporters that the Pope was conscious, alert, and joking after surgery. Dr Alfieri said the Pope should eventually be able to resume travel and his normal activities, but should not lift up heavy objects.

As a standard precaution, the Pope will stay in the hospital for 5 to 7 days; on Wednesday evening the Holy See Press Office announced that his audiences have been suspended until 18 June.

Journalists from around the world have set up outside Gemelli to follow Pope Francis’ recovery.