Pope Undergoes Surgery

To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

The Vatican says doctors are urging Pope John Paul not to speak for several days after he underwent a tracheotomy to ease a breathing crisis.

He had the procedure yesterday and the Vatican says he's now off a respirator and breathing on his own. The papal spokesman also says the tracheotomy "was not an emergency procedure."

The pope was rushed to the hospital yesterday following a relapse of the flu. It's his second trip to the hospital this month.

The spokesman says there are no signs of a lung infection.

The spokesman also says the pope had a good appetite this morning and "the post-operative situation continues regularly."

The Pope is 84 years old.

KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 1302812 - kktv.com/a?a=1302812
Gray Television, Inc.