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Vatican gives latest update on health of Pope Francis

The pontiff is said to be eating and moving unassisted although he had a ‘fever episode’ on Wednesday evening.

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Pope Francis (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis temporarily had a fever three days after intestinal surgery, but routine tests proved negative, the Vatican said.

The Vatican’s daily update said Francis was continuing to eat and move around unassisted, and had even sent his greetings to young cancer patients at Rome’s Gemelli hospital.

But spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis did have a “fever episode” temporarily on Wednesday evening.

“This morning he underwent routine and microbiological examinations, and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative,” the statement said.

Francis had half of his colon removed on Sunday because of what the Vatican says was a “severe” narrowing of the large intestine.

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Journalists wait for news outside the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Journalists wait for news outside the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

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Journalists wait for news outside the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

The original Italian version of the Vatican statement referred to a “fever episode”, while the English translation said Francis “temporary ran a high temperature”.

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The Vatican spokesman said the Italian is the accurate, official version.

The statement said Francis’ recovery is continuing as planned and that “at this particular moment, he looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care”.

Francis underwent three hours of planned surgery on Sunday.

He is expected to stay in Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic, which has a special suite reserved for popes, through the week, assuming there are no complications, the Vatican has said. what the Vatican says was a “severe” narrowing of the large intestine.


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