IPS Bartolomeu in critical condition

The metropolitan bishop of Cluj, IPS Bartolomeu, returned Monday night to Cluj by ambulance plane, from the AKH Clinic of Vienna, where he was hospitalised for 10 days.

The high priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) was admitted to the Intensive Care Ward of Surgery Clinic No. 1. According to the manager of SMURD Cluj, Nicolae Moldovan, the bishop is in a very serious condition. He was greeted at the airport by Vicar Bishop Vasile Somesanul, who said that Metropolitan Bishop Bartolomeu “wished to pass away at home, in his bed.” “IPS Bartolomeu is in a critical condition, which was aggravated by age and by a weakness that appeared three months ago,” Vasile Somesanul said. According to the vicar, the Metropolitan Seat of Cluj will continue to pray God to ease the suffering of IPS Bartolomeu. “The priests, the believers, we all got mobilised, because we want the metropolitan bishop of Cluj to stay with us for a long time,” Vasile Somesanul added.

According to medical sources quoted by Mediafax yesterday, IPS Bartolomeu is intubated and connected to life support machines at the Intensive Care Ward of the Surgery Clinic No. 1 of Cluj. Yesterday it was still unclear how long will he stay in hospital, before being transferred to the metropolitan residence.
IPS Bartolomeu was brought back home after Austrian cardiologists said his condition is critical and a surgery would threaten his life, because he also suffers from many other illnesses, so they stopped the treatment. Furthermore, it was the metropolitan bishop himself who wished to return home.

IPS Bartolomeu was transferred to the AKH Clinic of Vienna on January 14, from the Clinical Institute of Urology and Kidney Transplant in Cluj-Napoca, where he had been admitted on December 22, 2010. Romanian doctors recommended him a specialised heart examination which they could not perform, from lack of adequate equipment. The metropolitan bishop of Cluj will turn 90 on March 18.


According to a press release issued by the AKH Clinic of Vienna, the University Hospital of the Austrian Capital, another Romanian dignitary who is now treated in this medical unit – PDL deputy Teo Trandafir – might be discharged in 7 to 10 days from now. The condition of the TV star-turned-politician has improved, her vital functions were stabilised, she began to eat normally and walks by herself, and she answers the treatment well. “We are very pleased about how she recovers and the immediate danger for her life has been successfully removed,” said Prof. Michael Gnant of AKH’s Surgery Department, quoted by the release. Teo Trandafir was flown by private plane to Vienna on January 11, after spending 6 days at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest, with the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis of average severity.


Deputy Liana Dumitrescu was still in critical health condition yesterday, a week after being admitted to the Elias Hospital of Bucharest. The patient is still connected to life support machines and permanently monitored by a multidisciplinary medical team coordinated by Prof. Dr. Ovidiu Bajenaru, the head of the Neurology Clinic of the Bucharest University Hospital. The members of the team consulted experts from Austria, France and other countries about the case, and sent them the file of their patient for analysis. Deputy Liana Dumitrescu represents the Macedonian minority in the Romanian Parliament.

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