ROME (Reuters) – Pope John Paul (news – web sites) spent a restful night in hospital after throat surgery and was breathing unassisted but doctors have advised him not to speak for several days, the Vatican (news – web sites) said on Friday.
The Vatican’s first medical bulletin, issued some 16 hours after the Pope had a tracheotomy to open his windpipe and help him breathe, aimed at soothing a worried Roman Catholic Church. Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters the 84-year-old Pope’s heart and blood circulation were good and he had no bronchial pneumonia infection — a possible complication of the operation on Thursday to ease his breathing problems.
“The Holy Father spent a night of tranquil rest. This morning he ate breakfast with a good appetite,” he said, adding that it consisted of milk with coffee, biscuits and yogurt.
“The post-operative situation continues regularly. He is breathing on his own and cardio-circulatory conditions remain good … he does not need respiratory assistance, that means no mechanical device was used either yesterday or today,” he said.
Among the world’s many relieved Catholics was Sister Maria Pinni, a 92-year-old Italian nun walking in St Peter’s Square.
“What anxiety he put me through!” she said when told that the Pope appeared to be doing well. “That’s good news and gives us reason to hope he will recover fully and remain well.” The Pope was rushed to hospital for the second time this month on Thursday with a relapse of acute breathing problems.
In the evening doctors cut a hole in his windpipe to prevent him from choking and placed a tube into his throat to allow air to flow directly to his lungs.
Navarro-Valls said that when he awoke from surgery the Pope asked for paper and wrote jokingly: “What have they done to me.”
I wish him well, of course.
Quick question: Why would it be a bad thing for the Pope to die? I mean, he’s a true believer in the Christian faith, right? And therefore he gets to go to heaven, right? And he won’t be sick or feel any pain in the afterlife, right?
So why shouldn’t devoutly religious persons wish for a quick and relatively painless death instead?
I’m just askin’…