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5 Aug 2022
12:00 am

Pope Francis names nurse who saved his life personal aide

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Pope Francis appointed a Vatican nurse to become his personal healthcare assistant after she saved his life.

Pope Francis, sitting in a wheelchair following knee treatment. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Pope Francis on Thursday named a Vatican nurse who he said had “saved my life” to become his personal healthcare assistant, a new role for his papacy.

The appointment comes as the 85-year-old pope suffers from knee pain that has forced him to cancel numerous events, and after he admitted last week after a trip to Canada that he must slow down or even start thinking about retiring.

“The Holy Father has nominated Massimiliano Strappetti, nurse coordinator of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene, as his personal healthcare assistant,” the Vatican said in a short statement.

Strappetti was widely identified as the Vatican hospital nurse hailed by the pope in an interview last year for persuading him to undergo surgery for an inflammation in the intestine.

“He saved my life!” the pope told Spanish radio Cope following his July 4 surgery, adding that the nurse had been there for three decades and was a “man with a lot of experience”.