August 10, 2022
Pope Francis names the nurse, whom he said “saved his life”, as a personal aide

Pope Francis names the nurse, whom he said “saved his life”, as a personal aide

Pope Francis is suffering from knee pain which has forced him to cancel several events.

Vatican City, Holy See:

Pope Francis named a Vatican nurse whom he said “saved my life” to be his personal health aide on Thursday, a new role in response to his recent health problems.

“The Holy Father has named Massimiliano Strappetti, nurse coordinator of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene, as his personal health assistant,” the Vatican said in a brief statement.

A Vatican source told AFP that the 85-year-old pope is always attended by health workers in both the Vatican and his foreign visits, but this is a new post linked to his recent health problems.

The Argentine pontiff is suffering from knee pain that has forced him to cancel several events, and admitted after a trip to Canada last week that he should slow down or start thinking about retiring.

Last year, Strepetti was widely recognized as a Vatican hospital nurse after the Pope persuaded her to undergo surgery for intestinal inflammation.

“he saved my life!” Pope told Spanish Radio Cope after his July operation, adding that the nurse had been there for three decades and was “a person with a lot of experience”.

Since early May, Pope has used a wheelchair to get around, or sometimes walks with a cane.

According to the Vatican, he takes painkillers for his knee pain and also undergoes physiotherapy.

However, last week Francis refused to undergo surgery, saying he was still suffering from the effects of the anesthetic given during last year’s operation.

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