The two women hit by stray bullets in yesterday's attack on Pope John Paul II, both Americans, were listed as in serious but satisfactory condition in a Rome hospital today.
Ann Odre, 58, a widow from Buffalo, underwent a lengthy operation last night after being hit by a bullet in the chest. A spokesman at the Santo Spirito Hospital said the bullet caused serious internal injuries between the thorax and abdomen. The surgery reportedly included removal of her spleen.
"Her condition remains unchanged but satisfactory. There has been no new surgery today and it is too early to give a prognosis," the spokesman said.
The other American, Rose Hall, 21, originally identified as a Jamaican citizen, was standing next to Odre and was hit by a bullet that fractured her left arm and severed a nerve. She is now in the same ward of the Santo Spirito Hospital.
"Her condition is satisfactory and she will be better," the spokesman said. She is the wife of a Protestant minister serving U.S. forces in Wurzburg, West Germany. It was not immediately clear how she was first identified as Jamaican, although by one account she is of Jamaican origin.
A spokesman at Ft. Devens Army Base in Ayer, Mass., said he was told by Hall's brother, who is director of housing at the base, that she was a former resident of Shirley, Mass.
Philip Morris, director of public affairs at Ft. Devens, said Carl Uberson, Hall's brother, had been notified that Hall was "in serious condition."
Morris quoted Uberson as saying his sister is married to the Rev. Kenneth Hall, a clergyman working for a firm known as Recreational Services in Wurzberg.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Rome, asked the condition of the two women, said both were "doing fine."
The women were visiting Rome with separate church tours. Odre's daughter, Joanne Frances Kenjarski, 35, arrived this afternoon from Buffalo. The Rev. Robert Zapfel, a Buffalo native studying in Rome, quoted Odre as greeting her daughter with, "I'm so glad you're here."