Pope Francis yesterday visited the children’s cancer ward of Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on the eve of his expected discharge following abdominal surgery, the Vatican said. Source: NCR Online.
The Vatican released the first images of Francis since his June 7 hospitalisation, showing him in his wheelchair in the corridor of the paediatric oncology ward, meeting children, their parents and medical staff. In one photo, he is shown speaking to a couple in a private room, the man in a wheelchair.
The Vatican said Francis also met staff and administration of the hospital and said doctors confirmed he would be discharged today.
The 86-year-old pope was admitted to Gemelli Hospital on June 7 for surgery to repair a hernia in his abdominal wall and remove intestinal scar tissue that had caused blockages. It was his third hospitalisation at Gemelli as pope, and confirmed a trend that he visits young cancer patients the day before he is discharged.
Francis in 2021 had 33 centimetres (13 inches) of his colon removed at Gemelli because of a narrowing of the intestine.
He was admitted for three days this spring after coming down with bronchitis, and similarly paid a visit to the cancer ward before being discharged.