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Cardinal Martini in final stage of Parkinson's

'No therapeutic obstinacy', doctors say

Cardinal Martini in final stage of Parkinson's

(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 31 - Doctors treating Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini for Parkinson's disease in Milan said on Friday there would be no "therapeutic obstinacy" in light of his worsening clinical condition. The 85-year-old former Milan archbishop and highly respected Catholic churchman has long suffered from the degenerative nerve disorder and he is now said to have entered the "terminal phase" of the illness. "Various devices such as a PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) tube can be used with such patients," Gianni Pezzoli, director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Institute of Milan, told ANSA. "But in this phase it would be therapeutic obstinacy. The disease is evolving as naturally as possible". Cardinal Martini's condition deteriorated in mid-August, since when he has not been able to swallow solids or liquids, and precipitated again on Thursday evening. Pope Benedict XVI is following the situation closely, deputy Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said.

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