Saturday, October 11, 2003

Pope May Undergo Dialysis

I recently learned that Paul VI was undergoing dialysis for several years before his death in 1978.

From Yahoo! News - Report: Pope May Undergo Kidney Dialysis:

"A Vatican official said the AGI news agency report 'seemed correct,' but would offer no further details. Later, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls denied to the ANSA news agency that the pope was currently undergoing dialysis.

The AGI news report said doctors were considering dialysis not because the pope's health has worsened, but to prevent his kidneys from being overloaded by medicine. The agency said John Paul's health has actually improved since he skipped a weekly general audience Sept. 24 due to an intestinal problem. "