VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul was rushed to hospital late on Tuesday after his condition deteriorated from flu but he was not in intensive care, the Vatican said.
He was being treated at the Gemelli hospital in Rome for an acute respiratory infection after the flu complications.
“The flu condition that has afflicted the Holy Father for the past three days deteriorated tonight with an acute laryngospasm. For this reason, it was decided to urgently take the Pope to the Gemelli hospital,” a Vatican statement said.
Laryngospasm is a closure of the larynx that blocks the passage of air to the lungs.
“The Holy Father is in the same room that he has used in the Gemelli in the past. It was not therefore necessary for him to be placed in the intensive care unit,” a separate statement said.
The Polish-born Pope, 84, who has been in poor health for some years, fell ill with influenza on Sunday and had been forced to cancel all engagements over the past two days.
Vatican deputy spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini told Reuters the Pope, who also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was taken to hospital just before 11:00 p.m. (2200 GMT).
The flu forced him to miss an audience through ill health for the first time in more than a year.
A Vatican spokesman said in a statement earlier on Tuesday that the influenza was “progressing as expected.”
“As a result, the appointments planned for the next few days have been put back,” the statement said, adding that Wednesday’s weekly general audience would not go ahead.
A Vatican source told Reuters on Monday that the Pope would miss all public engagements on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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