Vatican says pope breathing on his own after emergency surgery
The Vatican says doctors are urging Pope John Paul not to speak for several days after he underwent a tracheotomy to ease a breathing crisis. He had the procedure yesterday and the Vatican says he's now off a respirator and breathing on his own.
The papal spokesman also says the tracheotomy "was not an emergency procedure." The pope was rushed to the hospital yesterday following a relapse of the flu. It's his second trip to the hospital this month. The spokesman says there are no signs of a lung infection.
The spokesman also says the pope had a good appetite this morning and "the post-operative situation continues regularly."
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