Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Friday, 29 April 2005 17:00
As I write this article, the pope has just undergone tracheotomy surgery. This surgery is done to save life but at the expense of permanent damage. The throat of a patient is cut to allow more air to get to the lungs through a special tube. My mother had the same surgery a year before she passed away, so I know how many inconveniences this brings. The patient need to learn talking, eating, and bathing with the tube inside; the mucus that gathers in the tube needs to be suctioned away. This surgery is done as a last resort, since it makes the life of the patient and people around him difficult.