Pattaya Daily News

24 July 2006 :: 11:07:22 am 30159

The King’s Recovery

Thailand‘s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej is safely recovering after a nearly five-hour operation on his spine.
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   “The team of royal physicians was satisfied with the result of the operation,” the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement read over national television.

   “There were no complications,” it added.

   The crowd that had gathered outside of Bangkok‘s Siriraj Hospital cheered as the statement was read. Many had spent the day praying outside the hospital for a speedy recovery for the 78-year-old monarch.

   The King fell and fractured a rib on June 24 while walking in the palace grounds. Officials did not say if the operation was related to that accident.

   The King has suffered from spinal problems since 1995, which doctors said were caused by old age. The condition was diagnosed in 2003 as lumbar spinal stenosis, and the King has been receiving physical therapy as treatment since last year.

   His Majesty the King’s condition, after receiving his operation to correct his lumbar spinal stenosis on July 20 at Siriraj Hospital, is improving. Recovery from the procedure normally takes several weeks.

   The Royal Household Bureau said in its sixth statement issued yesterday that His Majesty could take more food, that his physical recovery is satisfactory and his surgery pain is decreasing.

   The Bureau said doctors asked His Majesty to sit, then stand up and walk using a walker. He stood up and walked for six minutes, according to the statement.

   “The pain from the lumbar spinal stenosis surgery has been gradually decreasing,” the Royal Household Bureau said.

   The King is still at Siriraj Hospital. Well-wishers continue to go there to sign books praying for his recovery.

   The government has set out books around the country for well-wishers to sign. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he expected at least 10 million people to leave messages for the king.

   “After he recovers, the government will deliver those signed books to the king to boost his spirits,” Thaksin told reporters.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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