Pope Francis discusses his health after surgery, saying that a nurse “saved my life.”
POPE FRANCIS discusses his physical well-being following a colon procedure last month.
A nurse, according to the leader of the Catholic Church, “saved my life.”
Francis, 84, was released from the hospital ten days after undergoing surgery to remove half of his colon.
It was the 84-year-old Pope’s first major surgery since becoming Pope in 2013.
Francis is expected to take several weeks to heal before resuming travel in September, according to sources.
There were suspicions that Francis may quit like his predecessor Benedict XVI, who was the first Pope in 600 years to step away from the throne of St Peter.
Gregory XII, the last head of the Catholic Church to do so, did so in 1415, during the ongoing church leadership crisis known as the Great Western Schism.
The Pope discussed his latest procedure on July 4 in an interview with a Spanish radio station.
“A nurse, a man of tremendous experience, saved my life,” he claimed.
It was “the second time in my life that a nurse has saved my life,” Francis stated.
The leader of the Catholic Church went on to state that the first time was when he was diagnosed with pneumonia in Argentina in 1957.
Francis underwent surgery in early July to correct diverticular stenosis, a common issue among adults over the age of 80.
In September, Francis will travel to Hungary and Slovakia before heading to Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate conference.
While there is no evidence that Francis intends to resign, he has intimated that he may do so in the future.
In 2015, he commented on his predecessor’s resignation, claiming that the Catholic Church should not have “lifetime leaders.”
Francis also mentioned during the interview that he has terrible sciatica and has lost half of his lung.