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Weakened Pope Struggles to Breathe
February 24, 2005 - Doctors attending Pope John Paul
II have performed a tracheotomy
Inside the Vatican has learned, from reliable
sources, that doctors attending the pope decided to insert
a tube into the pope’s neck to assist his breathing.
The operation is called a tracheotomy. "He is very weak;
that is the problem," said one source. "I am very
This morning I would still have said that he would still
have had some years to live, however this evening I am no
longer so sure. The Vatican has not yet officially commented
on this matter. We will keep you updated on these very serious
developments as the day progresses.
- by Dr. Robert Moynihan
Inside The Vatican (ISSN 1068-8579) is a Catholic news magazine, published monthly except July
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