ROME — Pope Francis met recently with Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi, the Argentinian surgeon who operated on him for gall-bladder failure in 1980 and whom he attributes with saving his life.
Parodi was born in Argentina in 1942 and is known for his work in developing new techniques to repair the aorta. Parodi recounted the story to the Argentinean daily La Nacion May 20.
“It was a surprise for me,” Parodi said. “In 1980, I was called by a doctor who said he was treating a humble priest who was very sick. He was a Jesuit and had taken the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and did not have any money. He asked me, ‘Are you able to help him?’ I was honored. I dropped everything and went to see...READ MORE