After ten days of hospitalization at the Gemelli polyclinic, where he was operated on on Sunday the 4th and part of his intestine was removed due to a serious infection, the Pope he was released from the hospital and left the hospital to return to the Vatican.
Before he went to the basilica of Santa María la Mayor, as is your custom every time you travel or celebrate an important event, to pray for a few minutes before the statue of the Virgin Mary. The basilica is located in front of the palace of the Argentine embassy before the Italian government.
Francisco, who was occupying the position of co-pilot in front of the car, entered the Vatican through the door of Perugino, which is the closest to the Casa de Santa Marta, the internal hotel where you are staying.
The pope got out of his car, in which he was riding in the passenger seat, and visibly greeted the guards with a smile. Photo: AP
Before entering, at the door of the Perugino he got out of the car and greeted smiling to the Vatican Gendarmerie guards who were guarding him from the Catholic University hospital.
On Sunday the 4th, after praying the Angelus from the window of the pontifical study that he does not use like every Sunday, the Argentine Pope arrived at the Gemelli hospital in the afternoon accompanied by two people. Inside there were already a part of the 25 members of the Gendarmerie who were in charge of guarding him during his hospitalization.
What did they operate on?
The doctors They never issued a medical bulletin and the Vatican was in charge of giving the information in writing, without allowing dialogue with the Vaticanists. On Sunday night, when the impression that “there are complications” began to spread, it was reported that he had been operated on for “a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis.”
It was about the restriction or blockage of the left sector of the colon due to infections caused by diverticula, which are sachets that form on the intestinal walls.
If the other cures fail, the only alternative is surgical intervention. First with the laparoscopic technique, then with the traditional method of incisions in the abdomen, for three hours the surgeons They removed the left part of the colon.
Francisco, 84 years old, withstood general anesthesia well and in the following days he recovered well from the operation, which according to the specialists consulted by the press was a serious intervention, common among the elderly.
The Pope occupied the department destined for the pontiffs on the tenth floor del Gemelli along with two Vatican nurses who helped him during the hospitalization. Postoperative and rehabilitation cures lengthened the stay in the polyclinic.
Francis greets policemen upon arrival at the Vatican. Photo: AP
In the same papal apartment, Pope Saint John Paul II was interned about ten times. The first was on March 13, 1981 when he came to the Gemelli almost bled to death, for an attack, and the team of surgeons was saved.
On Sunday, Jorge Bergoglio prayed the Angelus from a small balcony on the 10th floor and speaking to the crowd that gathered below, on the central campus presided over by a large statue of John Paul II. demanded a quality healthcare system, accessible and free for all, praising what exists in Italy as “a treasure that we must keep”.
During his hospitalization, the Pope greeted sick children several times from the pediatric oncology sector, who accompanied him on the balcony during the Angelus, and in the mornings he spoke with patients who asked to see him and arrived on foot, in wheelchairs or on rolling beds. He was seen being carried in a wheelchair.
The Pope officiated several masses in the small chapel of his apartment on the tenth floor. The Pope also followed the soccer finals of the America’s Cup and the European Cup and expressed his satisfaction with the triumph of his Argentina and Italy.