Decision is due on archbishop

Doctors at the Aretaio Hospital in Athens will meet with a US-based liver specialist today to decide on the treatment that Archbishop Christodoulos should undergo, which includes the possibility of a transplant. Greek-American surgeon Andreas Tzakis arrived in Athens yesterday and examined the head of the Church of Greece before holding talks with the hospital’s doctors, in a meeting that was also attended by Deputy Health Minister Thanassis Yiannopoulos. The physicians are due to reconvene today to decide how to treat Christodoulos’s suspected liver cancer. This could involve the archbishop undergoing a liver transplant but he may have to travel abroad, to Germany or the USA, to have the operation. Medical experts from Germany have also examined Christodoulos and Tzakis said their opinions would also be taken into account during today’s meeting. The archbishop’s aides said that he is improving gradually after spending more than a month in the hospital.

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