Pope Francis at Gemelli, will spend the night in hospital: ‘He has a respiratory infection’

The Pope has been at the Gemelli since this afternoon for some previously scheduled checks.

“In recent days, Pope Francis has complained of some breathing difficulties and this afternoon he went to the A. Gemelli Polyclinic to carry out some medical checks”, communicates the Vatican Press Office. “The outcome of the same highlighted a respiratory infection (excluding the Covid 19 infection) which will require a few days of appropriate hospital medical therapy”. “Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for his closeness and prayer”, he adds.

The Pope could spend a few days in the hospital. As far as we know, the staff closest to the Pope – including the security device – were mobilized to spend the night in the university polyclinic anyway. In addition to an interview the Pope had scheduled at the Vatican this afternoon, at the moment the hearings scheduled for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow would also have been cancelled.
Francesco is located in the apartment on the tenth floor, so-called “dei Papi”, which he already used for the ten-day hospitalization relating to the colon operation he underwent on 4 July 2021, and previously used several times also by Giovanni Paolo II.

According to what is learned from medical sources, all the tests that Francesco had to undergo at the Gemelli Polyclinic have already been completed. There would be no heart problems and respiratory tests would be done. The situation, according to the doctors, would not cause concern.

The chest CT he underwent would have given negative outcome and this element is rated with general relief by the entourage. According to what has been learned, the Pope, who this morning at the usual Wednesday general audience had appeared smiling only a little tired when he was lifted from his wheelchair to go to the papal seat, was taken to the general hospital by ambulance.

Again according to what transpires from medical sources, the saturation is fine and he has done the necessary tests to rule out more serious problems.

Source: Ansa

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