Pope leaves hospital after breaking wrist

Pope Benedict XVI gestures during a harbor cruise in Sydney, Thursday, July 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)

AOSTA, Italy (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has left the hospital
where he underwent surgery after breaking his right wrist in a fall
in his Alpine vacation chalet.

Benedict, 82, smiled broadly and waved to the crowd with his
left hand as he climbed into his car outside the hospital in this
northwestern Italian town. His right arm hung by his side, the cast
hidden by his white vestments.

Surgeons performed a 20-minute operation Friday to reduce the
fracture, a procedure to realign the broken bone fragments. The
surgery was performed under local anesthesia.

A Vatican statement said the pope fell in his room in a nearby
chalet overnight and despite the accident, celebrated Mass and had
breakfast before going to the hospital.

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