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Vatican says pope ‘reacted well’ to intestinal surgery


By Frances D’Emilio

July 3, 2021

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff’s condition.

In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by a narrowing of the large intestine.

The written statement, which came shortly before midnight, was notable for its scarcity of medical detail.

Bruni didn’t say how long surgery lasted, nor for how long the pope was unconscious under anesthesia.

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