Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania sent an optimistic message from the Intensive Care Unit of the Evangelismos Hospital where he is being hospitalized.
As he points out in the message he sent on Thursday night, “It has been the first day in Evangelismos Hospital and everything is going well. Throughout our lives, we refer to the God of surprises but also to the God of miracles.
Our journey in Albania began with the shout ‘God is with us’ and the chorus of ‘we are with him,’ which supported our certainty that ‘God will not leave us’.
The Archbishop of Albania sent his heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses as well as to those who “once again expressed their love with spontaneous prayer.”
And he ends his message with the words from last Sunday’s Gospel reading, which, he said, “determine the appropriate attitude: “Do not be afraid; just believe” (Luke 8:50).
Archbishop Anastasios has been hospitalized in the ICU since Wednesday night.
He was transported with Hellenic Air Force C-130 aircraft in a negative pressure isolation transfer capsule and was admitted to the ICU to monitor better his health situation due to his age (91 years) and the health problems he is facing.
It is noted that, after it became known that he was admitted to the hospital, the Archbishop of Albania received wishes for a speedy recovery from believers, important figures, as well as from primates and hierarchs of the Churches, including from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
On Thursday, the hospital issued the first medical bulletin regarding the health situation of the Archbishop, stating that he has mild symptoms and his condition is stable and under control.
The medical bulletin issued by the Evangelismos Hospital:
Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and all Albania was admitted to the hospital on November 11, 2020, after having being diagnozed with COVID, and is being treated in the ICU.
The Archbishop has mild symptoms of the respiratory system and low-grade fever.
His condition is currently stable and under control.