Pope Francis has promoted a nurse who he stated saved his life final 12 months to his private well being assistant, the Holy See introduced in a brief assertion on Thursday.
In the summertime of 2021, Massimiliano Strappetti, an worker of the Vatican's medical service and coordinator for nursing, satisfied the then 84-year-old pope to endure intestinal surgical procedure for extreme belly ache.
Strappetti had thus saved his life, Francis stated on the time in an interview after the operation. What precisely his new function will entail wasn't laid out in Thursday's assertion.
The pinnacle of the Catholic Church already has a private doctor in addition to a group of medical professionals who take care of the pontiff across the clock, particularly throughout journeys overseas.
Francis didn't instantly bounce again from the operation, which concerned normal anaesthesia. For months, he has additionally been affected by knee issues, usually forcing him to make use of a wheelchair.
On his return flight from a visit to Canada final week, the pope stated that he wasn't planning to resign in the mean time, however did not rule out such a transfer if his well being required it.