Pope in medical crisis
Friday, April 1, 2005Several sources report Pope , who was receiving nutrition from a tube inserted through his nose, is no longer using the tube. The tube was inserted shortly after the pontiff appeared at his window overlooking and was only able to speak several words.
The tube used was threaded down the nose and throat into the stomach. A surgically implanted tube was also considered at the time, but it was deemed excessively invasive according to Dr. Barbara Paris, director of geriatrics atin .
There are reports the pontiff has a severe urinary tract infection. The infection caused a severe fever which developed into a medical crisis. He is being treated by antibiotics and has recently suffered from heart failure and a significant reduction in kidney function. According to the Vatican, he is currently "lucid", breathing shallowly, and surrounded by his top aides.
The Pope's condition has led many to pray — bothand non-Catholics. A large number of people are outside the papal apartment in the . Many people have also come to pray at in .
The ailing Pope also suffers from, which makes it difficult for him to talk while knee and hip ailments are taking a serious toll on his mobility. The series of new ailments follows the breathing tube insertion by only a month's time.
- Infection causing high fever in pope Houston Chronicle
- Italian doctors recommend surgically implanted tube
- Description of former tube treatment
- Frances D'Emilio. "Pope Has High Fever From Urinary Infection" — , March 31, 2005
- Vatican: Pope Being Fed Through Tube In Nose TheBostonChannel.com