KING’S HEALTH : ‘No cause for concern’


Princess Chulabhorn says HM in no danger, mainly under rehabilitative care

His Majesty the King’s health condition is no longer worrying, said his daughter HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak

HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak

HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak

“Now there is nothing to worry about his heart conditions and lung infections,” she told officials at Thai embassy in Germany during her visit there.

Before his ongoing recovery from illnesses, HM the King had high fever and so weak that he was unable to walk. The conditions have improved after the first week of treatments, at Siriraj Hospital where he was admitted on September 19. “Now there is nothing to worry about his heart conditions and lung infections.

“What the doctors are taking care of now is a rehabilitative treament. As it’s usual for elder people who are in beds for treatments for many days, they may not be able to walk stably. That is the only reason still keeping him in the hospital, as for the symptoms, the doctors say that there is nothing dangerฌous [to the King’s health] now,” she added.<.em>

During the past 27 days, up to 588,198 people have signed getwell messages for His Majesty the King at the Siriraj Hospital.

Yesterday alone, the number of the well wishers stood at 18,798.

Because the king has been much loved and revered, a large number of people showed up at the Siriraj Hospital to wish him a speedy and full recovery each day.

Yesterday, many people including Nabil Hussain Ashri, Saudi Arabia’s Charge D’ Affairs to Thailand were seen looking up to the Siriraj Hospital’s Chalermphrakiat Building where the king was seeking treatment.

German Hans Gerhold said he had deep admiration for the Thai king.

“He’s my role model. He has done so many things for other people espeฌcially Thais. And he has outstanding abilities in many areas including environment works and agriculture,” Gerhold said.

“His Majesty has made great contributions to the country. He’s much more than the father of the nation,” New Politics Party leader Sondhi Limthongkul said yesterday after he signed the getwell message at the hospital.

The government is planing grand celebrations to mark His Majesty the King’s 82nd birthday in December, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said yesterday.

Activities to mark the special occasion will begin on December 1 and are expected to continue until December 13, Suthep said.

Suthep, in his capacity as chairman of the organising committee, said the celebrations would be held in three areas during December 17  Sanam Luang, the Royal Plaza and the adjacent area, and Rajdamnoen Avenue.

Suthep said state agencies and the private sector would be involved in organising the celebrations, which will include firework displays and a

By The Nation
Published on October 17, 2009


Princess says King ‘doing well’

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has confirmed His Majesty the King is recovering from his illness and his condition is not serious.

The princess told an audience at the Thai embassy in Berlin yesterday His Majesty was making steady progress.

Her statement was the first time a member of the royal family had spoken about His Majesty’s condition since he was admitted to Siriraj Hospital for treatment for inflammation of the lungs on Sept 19.

The princess was in Germany to receive the Windaus Medal from the University of Georg-August Gottingen on Thursday in recognition of her role as an outstanding scientist. She left for Germany on Tuesday and will return to Thailand today.

Princess Chulabhorn said the King had a high fever during his first week in hospital which kept him confined to his bed.

“His Majesty was out of strength when he had the high fever. But now his temperature has come down,” she said.

Doctors are keeping a close eye on His Majesty’s health and the condition of his lungs.

X-rays show the fluid in his lungs has cleared up. His heart is also in good shape, she said.

The princess said His Majesty was undergoing physical therapy, which was normal for an elderly person who has spent many days in bed.

The physical therapy is performed so the King can stand up and walk about normally. “The therapy will take some more time. That is why His Majesty has not been discharged from hospital. As far as his condition is concerned, the doctors say there is no danger.

“Now, His Majesty speaks and takes his meals almost as normal. He has a very healthy appetite,” she said.

Princess Chulabhorn said Her Majesty the Queen was always at the King’s bedside. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also spends the night at the hospital.

The princess said she had also stayed over at the hospital.

“There is a funny moment. I went to see the King at meal time and His Majesty challenged me to an eating duel.

“His Majesty knows that since childhood, I haven’t been fond of vegetables. I don’t take vegetables.

“A spinach soup was served that day and I agreed to the duel … I had one portion of the soup and His Majesty had another.”

The Royal Household Bureau yesterday said the King now only had an intermittent fever. His Majesty has a normal appetite and sleeps well.

X-rays show the inflammation of his lungs has reduced and doctors only take his temperature when needed.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand index fell 2% on Wednesday and 5.3% on Thursday on concerns about His Majesty’s health, but rebounded 3.5% yesterday.

Special Branch Police commissioner Theeradech Rodphothong said the branch was trying to identify the source of the rumours that caused the stock market to dive.

Bangkok Post / Published: 17/10/2009


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