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NEWS: Pope Readmitted to Hospital, Undergoes Tracheotomy Surgery

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posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 04:44 AM
Pope John Paul II has once again been rushed to Gemelli hospital due to a relapse of the flu with related respritory problems. Doctors have performed surgery to insert a tracheotomy tube to help him breathe. The operation reportedly lasted 30 minutes and was successful. The Vatican is calling the pontiff's condition "regular;" they did not elaborate.
VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Pope John Paul II has been taken back to hospital after suffering a recurrence of the flu that forced him to be hospitalized for 10 days earlier this month, the Vatican said.

Officials said the 84-year-old pope had a relapse of the flu and was taken to Gemelli hospital at 10:45 a.m. (0945 GMT) on Thursday for "specialist treatment and further checks."

As recently as Sunday, John Paul II read his weekly address to the faithful Sunday in a relatively strong voice, 10 days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for breathing difficulties.

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Only three weeks after his first admission to hospital the Pope has suffered a relapse which caused two "respiratory crises" late last night. Doctors at the Vatican made the decision to rush the aging pontiff to hospital this morning.

BBC News
Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Pope had suffered a return of flu symptoms on Wednesday afternoon and was admitted to hospital for further specialist treatment and checks on Thursday morning.

An official medical bulletin on his condition is not expected until Friday.

Italian news agency Ansa said the Pope was conscious as he arrived at hospital. He is reported to have breathing difficulties and a fever.

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1 Feb: Rushed to hospital suffering from "breathing difficulties brought on by flu"
4 Feb: Health improving and he is eating normally, Vatican says
6 Feb: Appears at window of hospital room and reads the final lines of the Angelus blessing in hoarse voice
9 Feb: Misses Ash Wednesday services at the Vatican for first time in 26 years
10 Feb: Returns to Vatican in motorcade, waving to crowds
13 Feb: Appears at Vatican for Sunday blessing for first time since leaving hospital
22 Feb: Launches new book in which he compares abortion with the Holocaust
24 Feb: Returns to Gemelli hospital after suffering a relapse of his flu condition

Judging by his appearances in the past few days he seems to have great difficulty breathing.

**credit to Nerdling for assisting with this story

[edit on 24-2-2005 by Banshee]

[edit on 25-2-2005 by John bull 1]

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 01:24 PM
'On a long enough time line, our survival rate drops to zero'

We have to admit, the Pope lived through some pretty turbulent times. It's his time to pack his backs and hop on that long bus home where he belongs. The Catholic faith can no longer defend a stale and stagnent world view anymore. Time to move on.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 01:29 PM
Tracheotomy doesn't take too long however it could take longer due to his age and condition.

Sky: "Mood about his condition has changed over the past hour"

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 01:45 PM
Yeah, im thinking we might have a situation like Arafat, where hes basically only kept alive through a machine, could go on for weeks.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:11 PM
Fox News is saying that the Pope has NOT been into the operating room, as told to them by a Polish Official....

we need some sort of official word from the Vatican.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:23 PM

Originally posted by Simulacra
The Catholic faith can no longer defend a stale and
stagnent world view anymore. Time to move on.

Stale and stagnent to you, truth and faith to the Catholic church.
Time to respect others beliefs and their right to believe them,
even if you don't believe them yourself. Toleration from the
left is so arbitrary.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:33 PM
AGI: Pope has had tracheotomy. Operation lasted 30 minutes. Condition not known yet.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:33 PM
sorry I hate being redundant

seriously now that the operation has been successfully done, I hope that the Vatican will keep the Pope under strict bed rest and not allow him to perform his various duties until he has fully recuperated. I think they rushed him last week and didn't give him enough time to recover from his last hospital visit.

[edit on 2-24-2005 by worldwatcher]

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:53 PM
Worldwatcher .... I agree with you. He was rushed. He should
not have been out and about. Wonder if he rushed himself around
knowing his time was coming to an end ... or if his handlers rushed
him about hoping to knock him off .... something we may never know.


posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 03:00 PM
The Vatican are reporting that the Pope's operation to ease his breathing difficulties has ended and been sucessful.

Oops - sorry.

[edit on 24/2/05 by JAK]

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 04:49 PM

Originally posted by FlyersFan
Toleration from the
left is so arbitrary.

What makes you think I'm coming from the left? The Catholic faith is the same insitution that condemns homosexuality while covering up their pedophile gay fetish (Just open a newspaper, when isn't a priest isn't molesting an innocent child ?)

Beliefs are life prisons. It keeps the mind locked up in different divisons. Throw them away and live life.

posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 06:20 PM
First, I admit to being a Catholic (although one who has been known to lapse). Nevertheless, I have faith and love for the Church and for Pope John Paul. I really believe that he feels that it is his destiny to remain Pope until the end of his life. Perhaps, he can show us how to die as well as how to live. I'm praying for him to find peace.

posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 03:26 AM
I truly hope the Lord allows his servant to stay with us a little longer, he has been a great force for good in ths world and will contnue to be for as long as he lives. As an aside will he need a vocalser now tht he has had a traceotomy?

posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 01:08 PM
I have to say that although i respect the rights of those people who do believe in religeon and so on, i do wish that the people on this planet realise that religeon is the single biggest cause of more and bloodier wars than anything else in history. its about time we gave up such things and relied on common sence and thought. Not some old grossly mis interpreted parchments that basically say 'read this and it will make you better than all those who dont'

Religeon is dangerous.

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