US tourist stabbed in Italy, loses kidney

Florence, May 23 (IANS/AKI) A 68-year-old American tourist underwent emergency surgery to remove a kidney after he was stabbed in Italy’s Florence city.

The tourist, who was not named, was attacked near the famous Duomo cathedral.

Doctors at the Santa Maria Nuova hospital said the man suffered knife wounds to a kidney and a lung but was no longer critical, and was conscious and breathing unaided.

Police arrested a 37-year-old homeless man from the southern city of Bari over the stabbing.

Police said the tourist was stabbed by the suspect as he tried to mug him while he and his wife were listening to a street musician.

–IANS/AKI

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