Pope’s Health Worsens, Rushed to Hospital for Chest Scans
Pontiff undergoes CT scan after fever
Pope Francis has run into more health problems amid his deteriorating state after he underwent a CT scan of his chest and abdomen following a fever, the Vatican has said.
“This morning, he underwent routine and microbiological examinations and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative,” Bruni said.
The computed tomography (CT) scan uses multiple X-ray images of different body angles.
But after the Pope underwent major surgery removing part of his colon, the editor of Vatican news aggregator Il Sismografo said, “the disease that has affected Pope Francis is severe and degenerative” and “could also be chronic.”
Further examinations following surgery showed the pope experienced “severe diverticular stenosis [narrowing] with signs of sclerosing [hardening] diverticulitis.”
Francis was hospitalized earlier this month for an operation to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis.
His condition involves the formation of small bulges or sacs on the wall of the colon.
On July 5, a Vatican spokesman said the Pope would spend seven days in hospital recovering, “barring complications.”
This is the Pope's first major operation during his pontificate.
Two years ago, the Pope underwent outpatient surgery for cataracts, as he occasionally suffers from flare-ups of sciatic pain.
“At this particular moment, he looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care,” Bruni said.
Meanwhile, the state of the pope’s health may well affect future travel plans and other events, he adds.
“It is clear that Francis is eager to go to Budapest in mid-September for the closure of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress and then on to Slovakia,” Badilla notes.
“But no one knows today whether this pilgrimage will be possible.”