[<< wikinews] Pope in medical crisis
Friday, April 1, 2005 
Several sources report Pope John Paul II, who was receiving nutrition from a tube inserted through his nose, is no longer using the tube. The tube was inserted shortly after the pontiff appeared at his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square and was only able to speak several words.
The tube used was threaded down the nose and throat into the stomach. A surgically implanted tube was also considered at the time, but it was deemed excessively invasive according to Dr. Barbara Paris, director of geriatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in New York.
There are reports the pontiff has a severe urinary tract infection. The infection caused a severe fever which developed into a medical crisis. He is being treated by antibiotics and has recently suffered from heart failure and a significant reduction in kidney function.  According to the Vatican, he is currently "lucid", breathing shallowly, and surrounded by his top aides.
The Pope's condition has led many to pray — both Catholics and non-Catholics.  A large number of people are outside the papal apartment in the Vatican City.  Many people have also come to pray at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
The ailing Pope also suffers from Parkinson's disease, which makes it difficult for him to talk while knee and hip ailments are taking a serious toll on his mobility. The series of new ailments follows the breathing tube insertion by only a month's time.


== Related news ==
"Pope gets feeding tube through nose" — Wikinews, March 30, 2005
"Pope John Paul II makes surprise appearance at window of his hospital room" — Wikinews, February 27, 2005
"Pope John Paul II dies" — Wikinews, April 2, 2005


== Sister links ==
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== Sources ==
Infection causing high fever in pope Houston Chronicle
Italian doctors recommend surgically implanted tube
Description of former tube treatment
Frances D'Emilio. "Pope Has High Fever From Urinary Infection" — Chicago Tribune, March 31, 2005
Vatican: Pope Being Fed Through Tube In Nose TheBostonChannel.com