Pope Francis, 86, to undergo surgery today after he was admitted to hospital
POPE Francis is set to undergo abdominal surgery today after he was admitted to a hospital in Rome. The Vatican said in a statement the 86-year-old’s medical team had decided that surgery was required and that he was expected to stay in hospital for a few days to recover.
Francis appeared frail in a wheelchair using a cane to walk because of persistent knee pain as he greeted the audience at St. Peter’s Square.
Francis spent five days in hospital just a few months ago, suffering from a lung infection that caused him breathing difficulties.
It came just days before Easter – traditionally one of the busiest times for the Pope.