After a Grueling Operation, Hope

By the time the Pope reached the Gemelli Polyclinic, he was barely conscious and bleeding heavily. A team of doctors headed by Francesco Crucitti immediately began the work of assessing the injuries. A sample of his blood was taken for quick typing (he requires not-too-common Type A, Rh-negative), and the doctors started giving him fluids intravenously. General anesthesia was administered through a tube inserted down his throat, which also facilitated breathing.

After opening the abdominal cavity with an incision of about six to eight inches, the doctors made a careful inspection to see if the twisting bullet had damaged any major blood...

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