Pope ‘responds well’ to colon surgery at Rome hospital

Pope 'responds well' to colon surgery at Rome hospital
The Pope waved to crowds at the Vatican shortly before he was admitted to hospital on Sunday. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The Vatican says that Pope Francis has undergone successful surgery to treat a colon problem at a hospital in Rome.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the Pope “responded well” to the treatment, which was performed under general anesthesia.

It is the first time the 84-year-old has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.

The Argentine pontiff addressed thousands of visitors in St Peter’s Square earlier on Sunday.

The Vatican said in an earlier statement that Pope Francis was being treated at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome for “symptomatic diverticular stenosis” of the colon.

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 recurrent abdominal pain, bloating and changes in bowel habits.

The Vatican didn’t provide information about how long the Pope would remain in hospital or further details about the surgery.

During his Sunday blessing in St Peter’s Square, the 84-year-old announced that he would go to Slovakia in September after celebrating Mass in Budapest, the capital of neighbouring Hungary.

Born in 1936 in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, the Pope lost part of his right lung at the age of 21.

The Pope also suffers from a hip problem and sciatica, which causes pain that radiates from the lower back to the legs.

He had to cancel a number of engagements in 2014 because of a reported stomach ailment.

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