Pope Francis leaves hospital in Rome 10 days after intestinal surgery


Pope Francis was seen leaving the hospital today, 10 days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

Witnesses said a car carrying the Catholic Church’s leader, 84, was seen leaving Rome’s Gemelli Polytechnic hospital this morning.

Francis had half of his colon removed for a severe narrowing of his large intestine on July 4, his first major surgery since he became Pope in 2013.

It was a planned procedure, scheduled for early July when the Pope’s audiences are suspended anyway and Francis would normally take some time off.

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The Vatican had originally said he could be released from hospital by the weekend, but later announced he was staying a few days longer.

As he recovered in hospital yesterday, Francis visited young cancer patients at the hospital’s paediatric ward.

He was pictured smiling and standing as he patted the children on their heads while their parents held them.

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