The world's newest pope lost a lung to an infection as a teenager, but medical experts say that likely hasn't limited the 76-year-old pontiff's energy or actions in the past -- and shouldn't stop him in the future.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, who will be known as Pope Francis I, appears to be fit and lean and should have lung capacity that is nearly normal, said Dr. Zeb Mosenifar, a lung expert at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"Without seeing and testing him, I would comfortably say he functions at 85 to 90 percent capacity of someone his age that has both lungs and hasn't taken such good care of himself," Mosenifar said. "It just didn't faze me."
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