Spokesman Bruni: Francesco rested well during the night and this morning he read some newspapers
VATICAN CITY. Jorge Mario Bergoglio “rested well during the night” in the hospital. And this morning “he had breakfast, read some newspapers and got up to walk.” This was announced by the director of the Press Office of the Holy See Matteo Bruni. The post-operative course of Pope Francis at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic «is regular. The routine check-ups are good. ‘
This second night of the Bishop of Rome after colon surgery it was therefore quiet. Under the watchful eye of the medical team of the university hospital, convalescence continues regularly, in a hospital stay which – it was announced yesterday – will last approximately seven days, “barring complications”.
A recovery is expected relatively quickly with a low risk of complications for Pope Bergoglio: in fact for interventions such as the one the Pope has undergone, usually the patient returns to his feet in a few days, assumes a liquid diet as early as the day after the operation and intestinal activity is expected to resume on average three days after surgery. This phase hardly leads to problems with the suture itself, the most serious complication in this type of surgery. This is explained by Marco Montorsi, director of the Operative Unit of General and Digestive Surgery at the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Milan, who adds: today, even if it has not been possible to proceed with a minimally invasive operation in laparoscopy, there is it is a whole series of precautions that allows the intestinal tract to be recanalized in two to three days. With the “so-called” fast track “techniques – he explains – of fast recovery that are certainly adopted in a hospital like Gemelli, one can expect very accelerated recovery times of the canalization». And then it should be considered – he adds – that basically an imperfect suture in patients operated in ejection (scheduled intervention) and therefore not in urgency, as in the case of the Pope, is a rare event, which occurs in 2-4% of cases. .
In the meantime, the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) expresses to the Pope, on behalf of the bishops of the Continent, its “filial greeting, especially in these moments when he is hospitalized”. The Pontiff is recovering favorably and the news “gave profound joy”. On the occasion of the speech, explains the president of Celam Monsignor Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, “our concern has become prayer and closeness; together with our faithful, as the People of God, we invoked the Heavenly Father so that the surgical procedure to which he was subjected was successful. We continue to pray for her – assures Cabrejos – always count on our closeness, affection and prayer in this time of healing ».
While on the front page of Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops ‘Conference (CEI), the director Marco Tarquinio writes about Francis’ recurring requests for the faithful to pray for him, especially at this time of his hospital stay: “The invitation is not never been in fashion, and especially now it is not. Yes, right now we should be able to answer as we know and can. ” In the “most terrible days of the coronavirus, Pope Francis prayed for us like perhaps no one else”, underlines the editorial entitled “The requested prayer, the increased affection. A message for Pope Francis ». Bergoglio “found and sowed just and profound words to speak to God and to men and women everywhere, to Christians and to those who nurture other faiths. And he found and sowed thoughts such as good prayers to hold the hand of those who do not believe – Tarquinius points out – Many of those prayers and many of those thoughts in these hours are returned with gratitude, and with the affection of children and brothers. It is right for the Pope to know ».