Let us not forget to pray for the sick and for those who assist them.” The Vatican said the pope Francis suffered from a severe case of symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon, a condition in which sac-like pouches protrude from the muscular layer of the colon, leading it to become narrow.
Why did the pope have a lung removed?
He has dubbed the condition “a troublesome guest”. Pope Francis almost died when he was 21 after developing pleurisy — an inflammation of the tissues that surround the lung — according to biographer Austen Ivereigh. He had part of one of his lungs removed in October 1957.