From News.com.au | Pope was 'near death' (07-02-2005):
"THE Pope was just 10 minutes from death when he was rushed to hospital last week, a report has revealed.
The Pope's condition was far graver than his spokesman let on, according to the US magazine Inside the Vatican due out this week.
He twice refused to be taken to hospital by a helicopter, the report said.
The Pope 'shook his head decisively' after his powerful personal aide, Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, first suggested he go to hospital and then refused a second request from his doctor, Renato Buzzonetti."