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Vatican: Pope Breathing On His Own

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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