Week in Review – 24 February-03 March: Royal Health Worries

It’s was a rather unfortunate week health-wise from royals across the world.

Queen Elizabeth II was forced to cancel a visit to Swansea on Saturday to celebrate St David’s Day, after developing symptoms of gastroenteritis. She will now spend the weekend at Windsor and will be “assessed in the coming days”. It is very unusual of Her Majesty to cancel engagements for health reasons.

Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos

Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos of Spain had to be treated on Wednesday because of a dislocated left hip. The procedure was non-invasive and lasted for less than an hour. The King had undergone a surgery on his left hip in November of 2012, after suffering from osteoarthritis in his left hip. At the beginning of the week, His Majesty felt numb pain and after x-rays the doctors found he had a “slight dislocation” of the left hip.


Nepal’s former Crown Prince in critical but stable condition

Paras, Crown Prince of Nepal

Paras, Crown Prince of Nepal

The condition of Paras, Crown Prince of Nepal shows slight improvements, according to a statement released by his doctors. The statement further informs that the doctors were able to stop internal bleeding in the Prince’s abdomen, although his blood pressure remains dangerously low. Paras is yet to regain conciousness following his hospitalisation. The doctors found internal bleeding yesterday and although they succeeded in stopping it, the Crown Princess overall condition is given as “critical but stable”.

On February 19, the Crown Prince was admitted to Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital in Bangkok after he suffered a heart attack. This is his second hospitalisation; in 2007, Paras was admitted to the Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu after suffering a mild heart attack. Back then, he underwent a 50-minute balloon angioplasty to clear a blocked artery. This time, the Prince’s condition appears to be much more serious.


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