Rome. Pope Francis, who has a torn knee ligamentappeared in public for the first time in a wheelchair in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican.
The 85-year-old pontiff arrived pushed by an assistant, AFP found.
On Tuesday, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Serasaid that he was going to undergo an “infiltration” of the knee to relieve the pain he suffers and that it has forced him to cancel several scheduled meetings.
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I have a torn ligament, I am going to undergo surgery with infiltrations and it will be seen. I’ve been like this for a long time, I can’t walk,” Francisco said.
The Argentine pontiff suffers from osteoarthritis in his right knee, which has affected a ligament, but which shouldn’t have had surgery, according to Vatican sources.
Knee infiltration is a procedure that consists of injecting directly into the joint some medications with anti-inflammatory effectanalgesic or regenerative.
Francisco, who in March began his tenth year of pontificate, has had in recent weeks to apologize to the faithful who attend the hearings for giving the “sitting” blessing, due to his right knee problems that prevent him from standing for long.
On Wednesday, during the general audience in Saint Peter’s squarethe pope was particularly tired and they had to help him walk and get up.
Francisco also has chronic sciatica problems, which usually cause severe pain, and he underwent a delicate colon operation in july 2021.