Pat. Neofit of Bulgaria urgently admitted to hospital

Sofia, April 19, 2018

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His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria was admitted to the hospital yesterday, according to the Church’s website.

The statement reads:

Yesterday, April 18, due to a health problem, His Holiness Patriarch Neofit was admitted to the Tokuda Hospital of Cardiology in Sofia. According to information from the doctors on duty this morning, his condition is stable and he feels good. However, specialized medical teams continue to monitor it closely.

We, the bishops, the clergy and the laymen of the BOC, are praying for his complete rehabilitation, and we call on everyone who wants to join us in our prayer for the First Hierarch of our Mother Church.

Doors to Orthodoxy added yesterday that His Holiness was admitted urgently with symptoms related to a chronic illness. He was found to have fainted in his chambers at 2:30 PM, after which he was admitted to the hospital.

A year before his election to the patriarchal throne, the patriarch underwent a serious heart surgery. Since then, he has had difficulties with his state of health, but has never ceased to serve and travel in the country and abroad.

The patriarch is doing better, but remains in the ER, Doors to Orthodoxy reported this morning.

“His active rehabilitation began today, and the team will then decide whether to put him on a lighter regime,” said Prof. N. Mladenov, head of the hospital’s Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit.

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