Pope Benedict XVI broke his wrist today while on vacation in the Alps. The Pope, 82, continued to celebrate Mass and eat breakfast before going to the hospital to have the wrist examined. The Pontiff required surgery under local anesthesia to realign the bones to their proper positions. Reducing the fracture in this way helps the fracture heal better and faster. It is reported that the procedure went well.
The term “wrist fracture” is frequently used to describe a fracture of the bones of the forearm (lower arm), closest to the hand. The forearm is made up of two bones, the radius and ulna, which attaches to a collection of bones which make up the wrist proper. A wrist fracture may involve one or both bones and frequently occurs when a person falls on an outstretched arm.
It has been reported that the Pope slipped in the bathroom. This would not be at all surprising. The bathroom is the most dangerous room of the house. People can slip and fall on wet surfaces, be scalded by hot water, get electrocuted from appliances, drown in the tub or accidentally poison themselves with chemicals. There are about 200,000 bathroom accidents per year, nearly 70 percent of all home accidents!
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