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Pope Francis discharged from hospital, reported to be ‘in better shape than before’

On Friday morning, Pope Francis was released from the hospital after undergoing surgery to take care of an abdominal hernia. His doctor, Sergio Alfieri, confirmed that the pontiff was in a better state of health compared to before the surgery took place. Leaving Rome’s Gemelli hospital in a wheelchair, Pope Francis greeted reporters and supporters at the main entrance before being transported to a waiting car. Alfieri stated that the pope’s health has sufficiently improved to allow him to embark on upcoming travels. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Portugal in early August and Mongolia towards the end of the same month. Alfieri recounted that the pope expressed his gratitude and requested prayers, emphasizing, “I am still alive.”

U.S. News reports:

ROME (Reuters) -Pope Francis was discharged from hospital on Friday morning, nine days after surgery to repair an abdominal hernia, and his doctor said he was stronger than before.

The 86-year-old pontiff left Rome’s Gemelli hospital in a wheelchair, waving to reporters and well-wishers at the main entrance as he was taken to a waiting car.

“The pope is well. He is in better shape than before,” Sergio Alfieri, who operated on Francis on June 7, told reporters.

Alfieri said the pope was well enough to travel. Francis travels to Portugal at the start of August and Mongolia at the end of that month.

“He will be able (to carry out his duties) better than before because he no longer will have the discomfort. He will be a stronger pope,” Alfieri said.

“He already has resumed working. We asked him to rest a bit and I am certain that this time he will listen to us a bit more because he has some important commitments, which he told us he would respect.”

Francis’ engagements have been cancelled until June 18.

“The pope told us ‘Thank you, pray for me, I am still alive’,” Alfieri said.

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