Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vatican: pope's wrist healing well

AP via Yahoo! News
2 hrs 58 mins ago

VATICAN CITY – Doctors examined Pope Benedict XVI's broken wrist at the pontiff's Alpine vacation chalet and are pleased with how the injury is healing, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday.

During the half-hour checkup, the cast on the fractured right wrist was removed and a new one put on, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

The 82-year-old pope had surgery at the hospital on July 17 on his right wrist, which he fractured in a fall in the chalet near Aosta.

Doctors from Aosta hospital as well as Vatican doctors carried out medical and radiological exams at the chalet in the mountains near the French border, Lombardi said.

The exams yielded "excellent results," said Lombardi.

"The (healing) process is good and is in line with what was expected," the spokesman said.

Vatican CTV television captured some of the pope's chatting with his doctors, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from the vacation retreat.

"Well, then, doctor, thanks. Let's hope that all is going well," the pope was overheard telling Dr. Manuel Mancini, the orthopedist who had done the surgery, ANSA said. "It's all going very well. Now we're just awaiting the X-ray results,'" the doctor replied. "It will be satisfactory, we hope," the pope was heard saying. "It will surely be satisfactory," Mancini was quoted as replying.

At noon Sunday, Benedict will recite prayers and greet the public on a meadow outside the chalet, after local bishops celebrate Mass.

See also:

From Bloomberg, "
Pope’s Medical Visit Produced ‘Excellent’ Results, Ansa Says"

From The Star, "
Pope has medical exam on broken wrist, healing well"

From the Straits Times, "Pope's wrist healing well"


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