Pope Francis, admitted to the Gemelli hospital in Rome
At first, the Vatican reported that these were scheduled checks, but later it acknowledged that the pope is suffering from a respiratory infection “that will require a few days of appropriate hospital medical treatment.”
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Gemelli Hospital in Rome. Photo: EFE
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Pope Francis has been admitted since this afternoon to the Gemelli hospital in Rome for a respiratory infection. At first, the Vatican press office spoke of programmed controls; although the Italian media have published that late in the morning he presented “respiratory difficulties” and was taken by ambulance to undergo tests.
In a brief message, the Vatican only communicated that the Argentine pontiff is in the hospital “for previously scheduled controls”, but without mentioning any reason.
For its part, the newspaper Corriere della Seraexplained that it was “heart problems and shortness of breath”, but he assured that the situation for the moment “is not worrisome.”
After the traditional audience on Wednesdays, the Pope suffered a alarming respiratory distress diagnosed by the Vatican doctors, according to what he pointed out for his part Il Messaggero.
Subsequently, the Vatican press office has acknowledged that the pope suffers from a respiratory infection (excluding the covid-19 infection) “which will require a few days of hospital medical treatment adequate”. “In recent days, Pope Francis had been suffering from some respiratory difficulties and this afternoon he went to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic for medical check-ups,” the note added.
For now the pope’s agenda for the next two days has been canceled so that the necessary controls can be carried out.
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