Christodoulos – primate of the greek orthodox church

christodoulosChristodoulos (born Christos Paraskevaides) (January 16, 1939 – January 28, 2008), was the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece, a position to which he was elected in 1998.

In June 2007, Archbishop Christodoulos was hospitalized in Aretaeion Hospital of Athens and diagnosed with colonic adenocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma in the right lobe of the liver, and cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C.

Following colonic tumor resection, transplantation specialist Professor Andreas Tzakis, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced that the Archbishop would be transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in order to undergo liver transplantation. On October 8, 2007 the transplantation was cancelled because one of the tumors had already spread to the peritoneum. As a result of the transplantation cancellation and following suggestions by his attending doctors, Christodoulos returned to Athens on October 26, 2007 to continue his treatment. He passed away on January 28, 2008 after battling bravely with his illness.

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