Brother Ephraim’s Health Improves, Doctors Report | community, church, greece


ATHENS – The condition of former Ephraim, abbot of Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos is improving day by day, attending doctors announced on Monday, June 28, as a month has passed since the former was admitted to Evangelismos Hospital in Athens after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

In an official announcement, Vatopedi Monastery said that “according to medical staff, the beloved elder’s system is responding positively to the drugs prescribed last week, generating optimism for an overall improvement in his health. Underlying health issues and a nosocomial infection, during the first few days of the elder’s intubation, significantly hampered the progress of his therapy.

It is recalled here that the abbot of the famous Saint and Great Monastery of Vatopedi has been treated in this particular public hospital since May 28, suffering from COVID. The attending physicians intubated the Elder on June 4, while a tracheotomy was successfully performed on Tuesday, June 22.

Her condition deteriorated dangerously for three days following a nosocomial sepsis, the infection being finally overcome with the immediate intervention of doctors and nurses.

The Vatopedi Monastery continues to receive messages and greetings from all over the world, while many Orthodox prelates, hierarchs, priests, monks, politicians communicate with the Brotherhood of Vatopedi. In many churches and monasteries in Greece and elsewhere, special prayers and services are offered for the full and speedy recovery of Brother Ephraim.

Many Greek Americans have contacted the National Herald to ask questions about the elder’s condition.

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