Pope discharged from hospital after surgery

Pope Francis has been discharged from Agostino Gemelli Hospital after planned surgery for a bowel disease. This was reported Wednesday, July 14, by the Associated Press news agency.

It is reported that the pontiff left the clinic by car around 11:00 and left for the Vatican.

Last Sunday, he held a traditional prayer and sermon, blessing the congregation from the window of the medical facility. Pope Francis, 84, thanked the faithful for their prayers during his convalescence and praised Italy’s national health service, The New York Times wrote.

Earlier, Italian television distributed footage from the hospital itself showing Pope Francis moving around in a wheelchair. He greeted staff and other patients, including those in the children’s ward.

Pope Francis was hospitalized on July 4, undergoing planned surgery for a symptomatic form of diverticular stenosis of the colon.

On July 5, Vatican press director Matteo Bruni reported that the surgery went well. It was noted that the pontiff was in the same room where Pope John Paul II had been placed in the past.

It was also reported that the operation was performed by Professor Sergio Alfieri with the assistance of other specialists. Roberto Bernabei, the Pope’s attending physician, was present. He has been working with the pontiff for a long time: his previous physician had died after COVID-19 while in the hospital treating a cancer patient.