They reveal the health of Pope Francis
The Vatican reported that Pope Francis developed some temporary fever three days after undergoing intestinal surgery, although routine tests came back negative.
The Vatican claimed in its daily report that Francis continued to eat and move unaided and that he conveyed his regards to young cancer patients at Gemelli Hospital in Rome.
However, spokesman Matteo Bruni said the 84-year-old Francisco had a temporary “febrile seizure” on Wednesday night.
“He passed routine and microbiological examinations, as well as examinations of the chest and abdomen, which came back negative,” the statement said.
Doctors removed half of Francis’ colon due to what the Vatican described as an “acute” narrowing of the large intestine.
The Pope is expected to stay all week at the Gemelli Hotel, which has a special suite dedicated to popes, assuming there are no complications.
A fever could indicate an infection or other complication after surgery, although the Vatican statement stressed that the episode was temporary and that the Pope’s treatment was proceeding as planned.
The original Italian version of the Vatican manifesto mentioned a “feverish episode”, while the English translation stated that Francis “had a high fever”.
A Vatican spokesman claimed that the Italian text was the most official and accurate version. A later version of the English statement removed the word “high”.
The statement stated that the Pope’s recovery continues as planned, and “at this time, he addresses all those who suffer, showing his closeness to the sick, especially those who are most in need of care.”
The surgery took place in Francisco for three hours on Sunday. The Pope is in relatively good health, although in his youth he lost the upper part of one of the lungs to an infection. He also suffers from sciatica, which causes him to walk with a visible limp.