LAST UPDATE: 12:40
The waking process has been started by the ICU physicians of the University General Hospital of Heraklion for Archbishop Eirinaios of Crete who has been intubated since Sunday morning with acute hypercapnic respiratory failure.
“The waking process has begun and he responds satisfactorily at the moment. The second COVID-19 test was negative. His medical state is critical but stable due to his age. The outpatient examination continues,” the hospital’s bulletin states.
According to the Bishop of Knossos, Assistant Bishop to the Archbishop of Crete and Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church of Crete, Prodromos Xenakis, the physicians are cautiously optimistic as regards Archbishop’s medical state.
As the Bishop of Knossos stated in neakriti.gr, the physicians will decide tomorrow how the extubation will be performed to see how he will respond. However, according to the physicians’ information, the fact that he also can breathe on his own can be considered as optimistic.
In fact, it is noted that today the Archbishop tested for COVID-19 after a second COVID-19 test, as the Bishop of Knossos stated: “Today he underwent a second COVID-19 test and was negative. Physicians do what is humanly possible in slow and steady steps. We wish and pray and we hope that you, too, pray for the restoration of his health.”