Statement From Cleveland Clinic Regarding His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Head of The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt

Oct 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cleveland Clinic

    CLEVELAND, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope
 of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, recently underwent
 spinal surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of
 America. He is in excellent condition and recovering well in his hospital
 suite. The surgery was performed by Iain Kalfas, M.D., Professor and
 Chairman of Neurosurgery, at the hospital on Oct. 22. His medical care is
 being coordinated by a group of specialists at Cleveland Clinic, under the
 supervision of Martin Schreiber, M.D., Professor and Chairman of
 Nephrology. In his hospital room, His Holiness has started physical therapy
 and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, continuing physical
 therapy and returning to Egypt shortly.
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