POPE JOHN PAUL II WITH FRANCESCO CRUCITTI AS HE LEAVES HOSPITAL 15
Pope John Paul II thanks his personal surgeon Professor Francesco Crucitti
(R) as he leaves hospital following an operation to remove his appendix
October 15,1996. Crucitti, 67, died on Wednesday, was considered a leading
expert in oncological and digestive surgery, and carried out three major
surgical operations on the Pope since he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St.
Peter's Square 17 years ago. REUTERS/Paolo Cocco PP03090123 HIGHLIGHTS