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King Mohammed of Morocco undergoes successful heart surgery

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco has successfully undergone heart surgery in France, Morocco’s state news agency, MAP, announced on Monday.

The procedure took place on 26 February at the Ambroise Paré clinic in Paris. His Majesty’s doctors said that “medical examinations carried out for this purpose revealed an atrial flutter.”

The statement added that the “ablation by radio frequency of this arrhythmia allowed the normalisation of the heart rhythm.”

His medical team who released the statement was comprised of Dr Abdelaziz Maouni, Dr Olivier Thomas, Dr Sébastien Bloc, Dr Olivier Dubourg, Dr Ali Chaib, Dr Lahcen Belyamani.

A photo released by MAP shows the King in his hospital bed with several members of his family by his side including his son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (who was holding his father’s hand) and Princess Lalla Khadija (who will celebrate her 11th birthday tomorrow). His wife, Princess Lalla Salma was not pictured.

His Majesty will resume normal activities without any restrictions after a rest period that has been recommended by his doctors.

This is the second surgery for the 54-year-old monarch in the past year. In September 2017, he had surgery on his left eye. The King was operated due to suffering from pterygium, or Surfer’s Eye. The condition is not severe but does require a 30-minute surgery for some patients.

A statement signed by doctors at the time said that the King developed the condition over his left eye, which extended over his cornea.

Mohammed has been the King of Morocco since the death of his father, King Hassan II, on 23 July 1999. He is married to Princess Lalla Salma, and together, they have two children: Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (b. 8 May 2003) and Princess Lalla Khadija (b. 28 February 2007).

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