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March 30, 2005
Feeding Tube II: This Time, It's Papal
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In the latest dramatic twist in Pope John Paul's health, the Vatican said Wednesday doctors were feeding the ailing Pontiff through a nasal tube to boost his strength and help his recovery from throat surgery.

The surprise statement by chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls was the first medical bulletin on the Pope's condition since March 10, three days before he was released from hospital where he underwent a tracheotomy to help him breathe.

"To improve his caloric intake and promote an efficient recovery of his strength, nutrition via the positioning of a nasal-gastric tube has begun," Navarro-Valls said in a written statement.



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