Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pope falls and fractures wrist

The Holy Father has had a fall in the bath and fractured his wrist which had to be operated on and put in a cast for a month. Do pray for the Vicar of Christ in his moment of infirmity. It must be very trying and uncomfortable, at his advanced age. May Our Blessed Mother, Health of the Sick, prayer for him and cover him under her mantle.

Police officers patrol outside the hospital in Aosta in northern Italy where Pope Benedict is being treated for a wrist fracture July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

And in your charity, do keep my grandma in prayer as well. She also had a fall and broke her wrist on her birthday and had to be admitted. Birthdays are not good times for our family. I lost my wallet on my birthday and I'm still trying to get my documents and ATM cards in order. Anyway, her arm was in a cast for a month and half and it was a very trying time for her and for those who cared for her. She recently had 2 falls at home and is in pain from the lower back. Do keep her in your prayers.

Some photos of the Holy Father enjoying his vacation before his fall.

This recent picture released by the Vatican shows Pope Benedict XVI during his vacation at Les Combes, in the mountain resort of Val D'aosta. (Osservatore Romano)

Do keep the Holy Father, his caregivers, his doctors and the hospital staff in prayer too.

The Holy Father and Msgr. Gänswein

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets hospital staff as he leaves the Regional Hospital after a surgery on his right wrist, seen in a cast, in Aosta, northern Italy, Friday, July 17, 2009. Doctors said his right arm would be in a cast for a month. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Doctor Amedeo Mancini, center, answers media questions after he operated on Pope Benedict XVI's right wrist, at the Regional Hospital in Aosta, Italy, Friday, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY RELIGION HEALTH)

From the Vatican Information Service:


VATICAN CITY, 17 JUL 2009 (VIS) - This morning Benedict XVI underwent surgery at the Umberto Parini hospital in the Italian town of Aosta for a fracture to his right wrist. He had suffered a fall last night in his chalet at Les Combes in Valle d'Aosta where he is spending a brief holiday.

The Holy Father arrived at the hospital at 9:45 a.m. this morning. "Even so", declared Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi, "he celebrated Mass and had breakfast early this morning".

Later the Pope "underwent an operation to realign the fractured fragments and fasten them through osteosynthesis, using a local anaesthetic then applying a cast. The Holy Father's general condition is good" added the Pope's doctor Patrizio Polisca, specifying that "the Pope will return shortly to his residence".

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves the Regional Hospital in Aosta, Italy, Friday, July 17, 2009, after surgery on his right wrist. The pope broke his right wrist during a late-night fall in his Alpine vacation chalet and will have to have his arm in a cast for a month while recovering from surgery, doctors said Friday.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The right arm of Pope Benedict is seen as he leaves the hospital in Aosta after being treated for a wrist fracture July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY RELIGION HEALTH)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Andrew, I will be praying for your grandmother as well, whenever I pray for the Pope in the next few weeks.

I'm not so good at this web stuff that I know how to make either of the other name choices work. I would if I could