Personal doctor of Pope Francis has succumbed to the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The death of Pope Francis’ personal doctor brought about by the complications after he contracted Covid-19 has elicited worries about the Pope’s health.
Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died as a result of “complications due to Covid,” the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano announced on Saturday. It is, however, not clear when the doctor was last in direct contact with the Pope, CNN reports.
Fabrizio Soccorsi, 78, was in hospital and was being treated for cancer. He had been the pope`s doctor since 2015. Soccorsi was hospitalized in Rome on December 26 for a previous oncological disease, according to the Italian Bishop’s Conference newspaper Avvenire. It’s unclear exactly when he was last in direct contact with Pope Francis.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others.
“I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said in an interview with TV station Canale 5. “It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”
The 84 years old head of the Catholic Church had part of one lung removed during an illness when he was a young man in his native Argentina, making him potentially vulnerable to the disease.
According to the Associated Press, the Pope had one of his organs removed as a teenager, presumably after a bout with an infection. At that time, it’s possible that antibiotic treatments that are commonly used today to treat such infections were not as available, and to protect patients from further health problems doctors removed the lung as way to stop the infection from spreading.
“It was probably a pretty bad infection, and maybe even an abscess, that might have caused him to bleed,” says Dr. John Belperio, association professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles. “If he were bleeding a lot in the lung, the only thing to do is to resect the lung, take it out, to stop the bleeding.”