Vatican City, Feb 24, 2005 / 22:00 pmThe Vatican this morning released a much anticipated statement on the condition of Pope John Paul II who underwent tracheotomy surgery last night during his second visit to a Rome hospital this month.
Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls released a statement to journalists this morning saying, "The Holy Father spent a night of tranquil rest”, and that "This morning he ate breakfast with a good appetite.”
He added that, "The post-operative situation continues regularly”, and that the Pope “is breathing on his own and [his] cardio-circulatory conditions remain good.”
Navarro-Valls continued, "Upon the advice of his doctors, the Pope must not speak for several days so as to favor the recovery of the functions of the larynx. "A new medical bulletin is not foreseen until next Monday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m."
At a 12:30pm, press conference today, Dr. Navarro-Valls told journalists, "I wish to review the circumstances prior to the Holy Father's admittance yesterday to the hospital.”
"From the moment that the Pope left the hospital on February 10,” he said, “he had no fever. This allowed him to undertake his normal activity: Mass in the morning, 'ad limina' audiences, receiving his collaborators, etc.”
“Certainly, there is not now - nor was there ever - any bronchial-pulmonary infection--Naturally, he followed a normal diet.
"Rather, as I said in my communique yesterday, there were 'new episodes of acute respiratory insufficiency, caused by a pre-existing functional restriction of the larynx'. The Pope was watched over in his apartment, in case the need arose, by a doctor specialized in reanimation and by Dr. Camaioni, whom I mentioned yesterday."