The newest pope has one lung, making Pope Francis I the first ever to have that distinction. Add to that fact he is the first named Francis, or the first from South America, and it gives him plenty of firsts for the head of the Catholic Church.
On Wednesday, the brand new Pope was seen via live breaking news reports on all major TV stations around the world. As he was revealed, more information came up including the fact he had just one lung. A report from Time.com via Yahoo! News on March 13 indicates that when he was a teenager, the new Pope had one of his lungs removed, but they don't give the exact reasons for it's removal. It's speculated he had this done due to an infection, back in a time when antibiotics were not as prevalent when it came to treating such infections. So in order to keep him healthy, his lung was removed as to keep the infection from spreading further.
TIME goes on to report that as for health complications, Francis I will face a higher risk of "complications from influenza" and will be "vulnerable to pneumonia." At 76-years-old, he will need to make sure he gets those annual flu shots and takes other precautions to protect himself from possible infections. However, for the most part, the man who is now the new Pope has lived a healthy life, and will look to continue to do so as head of the Catholic Church.
The new Pope, Francis I, was seen as he officially stepped out to speak his first words to the people near the Vatican in Rome, Italy on various television stations including local ABC affiliate WSET 13 in Roanoke. Continuing updates on the new pope will be seen on ABC, CBS, NBC and major news networks such as CNN or MSNBC on Wednesday and Thursday.