Pope Francis had a fever 3 days after bowel operation

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Pope Francis temporarily had a fever three days after bowel surgery, but routine tests and scans were negative, the Vatican said Thursday.

The daily Vatican update said Francis continued to eat and move around unaided, and even sent his greetings to young cancer patients at the Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital in Rome.

But spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis had a temporary “bout of fever” on Wednesday evening.

A view of the Agostino Gemelli polyclinic in Rome, where Pope Francis is receiving treatment.  (PA)
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A view of the Agostino Gemelli polyclinic in Rome, where Pope Francis is receiving treatment. (PA)

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“This morning, he underwent routine and microbiological examinations, as well as a chest and abdominal scan, which were found to be negative,” the statement said.

Francis, 84, had half of his colon removed on Sunday due to what the Vatican called a “severe” large intestine narrowing. He should stay at Gemelli, who has a special Popes-only suite, all week assuming there are no complications.

Doctors said a fever could indicate signs of infection or other postoperative complications, although the Vatican statement stressed the episode was temporary and Francis’ treatment was progressing as planned.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to recite the Angelus Prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on July 4.  (AP)

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to recite the Angelus Prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on July 4. (AP)

The original Italian version of the Vatican statement referred to an “episode of fever”, while the English translation said Francis “had temporarily had a high temperature”. The Vatican spokesman said Italian is the exact official version and that a later version of the English translation removed the reference to Francis’ temperature “high”.

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The statement said Francis’ recovery is continuing as planned and that “at this particular time he is turning to all who are suffering, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care.”

Francis enjoyed relatively robust health, although he lost the upper part of a lung in his youth due to infection. He also suffers from sciatica, or nerve pain, which causes him to walk with a severe limp.

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