updated 2/2/2005 3:09:33 PM ET 2005-02-02T20:09:33

  • Feb 2:  Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following statement Wednesday to journalists with regards to the current state of health of the Holy Father John Paul II:
  •   "During the night, respiratory assistance therapy was continued which allowed for a stabilization of the clinical picture. Cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters are currently within normal range.

      "Thus the diagnosis of an acute laryngeal tracheitis with episodes of laryngeal-spasms, which I communicated last evening, is confirmed.

      "During the night the Holy Father rested for several hours.

      "During his stay the Holy Father's condition has been monitored by Prof. Rodolfo Proietti, the director of the emergency department."

    Feb 1:Statement by Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls:

    “The flu which the Holy Father was suffering for three days this evening became complicated by an acute laryngeal tracheitis and larynx spasm crisis. For this reason urgent admission to Gemelli Polyclinic, which occurred at 10:50 p.m. today was decided.

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