helping hand “It's an honor to have such a patient”, testified Jose Maria Villalon, the head of the medical department of the famous football club
Pope Francis in the Vatican. — Maria Grazia Picciarella/Shutter
Decreased by severe pain in the knee forcing him to move around in a wheelchair, Pope Francis consulted the head of the medical service of the Atlético Madrid football club, announced the latter on a Spanish radio. Jose Maria Villalon explained; on the COPE radio to have been “requested” with other specialists “by the Spanish Episcopal Conference and the Vatican Nunciature in Spain to visit the Pope and discuss with the Vatican medical team to see if we could help him.
“It’s an honor to have such a patient and above all a responsibility. because it’s a personality world,” in an interview posted on its website on Tuesday by this radio which belongs to; the Spanish Episcopal Conference. “I am optimistic that the Pope can be helped” to deal with “This osteoarthritic process,” said the doctor from “Atleti”, while pointing out that it could be complicated. for the sovereign pontiff to regularly attend physiotherapy sessions; or rehabilitation due to a “complicated schedule”.
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“He is very sympathetic but also maybe a little stubborn because he doesn’t want to put up with you.” surgeries,” he said, smiling. The pope has in fact ruled out the possibility from surgery, confident of having “sequelae” anesthesia suffered in July 2021 during his colon operation. Jorge Bergoglio’s chronic knee pain forces him to using a wheelchair since May and have resulted in the postponement of several recent displacements in recent months.
is the subject of much speculation because, weakened by these pains, he left “open” the possibility to give up one day his ministry. The Atlético doctor also confided also having been able to talk about football with the pope, who is a big football fan and has supported the Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo since his childhood. “He has a lot of personality, he is doing very well, he is very lucid (…), very likeable (…) and then he loves football, we could also talk about it a little,” said Jose Maria Villalon.