Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Pope goes into surgery!

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Doctors were preparing to operate on Pope John Paul II Thursday to help ease his breathing problems, an Italian news agency said.


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Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the tracheotomy lasted 30 minutes and the outcome was "positive." The pope had approved the procedure, which the Vatican characterized as elective — underscoring that it was not done as an emergency measure.


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