Prayers for our Holy Father

Friday, July 17, AD 2009

The Holy Father is undergoing surgery after breaking his wrist in a fall.

AOSTA, Italy — A hospital spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI is undergoing surgery after breaking his right wrist in a fall during his vacation in the Italian Alps.

Tiziano Trevisan, a spokesman at the Umberto Parini Hospital in Aosta, says surgeons were operating Friday on the wrist to reduce the fracture, a procedure to realign the broken bone fragments.

He said they were giving 82-year-old Benedict “light sedation,” though heavier anesthesia may be given as the surgery progresses.

A Vatican statement says the pope fell in his room in a nearby chalet overnight and despite the accident, celebrated Mass and had breakfast before going to the hospital.

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9 Responses to Prayers for our Holy Father

  • Said Mass and then went to the hospital, God bless him.

  • Prayers on the way.

  • Prayers. I fractured my right wrist 2 years ago – luckily I am a southpaw -and can empathize with the Holy Father, who will have a harder time of it because of his age and because I assume he is right-handed. The experience made me very sympathetic to those who lose limbs.

    May his surgery go smoothly and his recovery be swift!

  • He also insisted on being treated like any other patient, waiting his turn for an x-ray. None of that american crybaby “why should I have to wait? I have money” crap.

  • He also insisted on being treated like any other patient, waiting his turn for an x-ray. None of that american crybaby “why should I have to wait? I have money” crap.

    From my understanding of American hospitals (my dad has worked most of his adult life in one) money doesn’t get you anywhere when it comes to emergency care.

  • None of that american crybaby “why should I have to wait? I have money” crap.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think the pretentiousness of the rich is a particularly American vice.

  • *grin* The Pope is hard core.

    ((side note– amazing how the hobby horses can be dragged out on the slightest excuse, no?))

  • *considers making a rude joke about “and the hobby-horse you rode in on,” but figures it would not be appreciated*

    Maybe Sir Churchill had a point…..

  • I’ll suggest a trade: I’ll promise to delete any additional thread-jacking comments form Michael if others will promise to stop responding to him.

    UPDATE: Okay, I’ve cleaned up most of that and will clean up any more that occurs.