18:24 GMT24 July 2021
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    VATICAN CITY (Sputnik) - Since his election to the Apostolic throne in March 2013, Pope Francis rarely sought medical help and the last surgery he underwent was a cataract surgery in 2018.

    Pope Francis left the Agostino Gemelli Hospital on Wednesday at approximately 11:00 local time (09:00 GMT), the RaiNews24 broadcaster reported.

    On 4 July, the Holy See said that Pope Francis had undergone elective colon surgery at the Agostino Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

    Pope Francis speaks with a health worker at the Gemelli hospital, as he recovers following scheduled surgery on his colon, in Rome, Italy, July 11, 2021
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    Pope Francis speaks with a health worker at the Gemelli hospital, as he recovers following scheduled surgery on his colon, in Rome, Italy, July 11, 2021

    The editor of the Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni later said the operation lasted three hours and a Vatican spokesperson added that Pope Francis would have to stay at the hospital for seven days unless complications arise.

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