Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinal Martini in final stage of Parkinson's

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 31 - Doctors treating Cardinal
Carlo Maria Martini for Parkinson's disease in Milan said on
Friday there would be no "therapeutic obstinacy" in light of his
worsening clinical condition.
The 85-year-old former Milan archbishop and highly
respected Catholic churchman has long suffered from the
degenerative nerve disorder and he is now said to have entered
the "terminal phase" of the illness.
"Various devices such as a PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic
gastrostomy) tube can be used with such patients," Gianni
Pezzoli, director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement
Disorders Institute of Milan, told ANSA.
"But in this phase it would be therapeutic obstinacy. The
disease is evolving as naturally as possible".
Cardinal Martini's condition deteriorated in mid-August,
since when he has not been able to swallow solids or liquids,
and precipitated again on Thursday evening.
Pope Benedict XVI is following the situation closely, deputy
Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said.

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