Thailand’s Princess Chulabhorn, 62, has been admitted to Chulabhorn Hospital in Bangkok, the Royal House announced today in a short statement.
The Princess’s public duties are suspended until further notice.
She has lost feeling in her left hand, and an MRI scan showed that her nerves were trapped around the elbow. The numbness is in her left arm, left ring finger and the left pinky finger. The Princess was admitted yesterday and will remain in hospital for the time being.
Princess Chulabhorn has been in bad health for quite some time. When in public, she is often seen in a wheelchair or being helped by aides to walk.
Earlier this year, she underwent surgery for cataracts after being admitted to Ramathibodi Hospital in February for back pain and blurred vision.
Her Royal Highness also has an auto-immune disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), that was revealed in 2014. At the same time, the royal was also dealing with pancreatitis. She has had other health issues over the past several years, as well, including problems with inflammation and low oxygen.
Princess Chulabhorn, who has required assistance in walking lately, is the youngest child of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit. She is the sister to Thailand’s reigning monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (or Rama X). Besides her older brother, the King, she has two older sisters, Princesses Ubolratana and Sirindhorn.
During her brother, King Rama X’s May coronation, he gave her a new title of the Princess Srisavangavadhana, making her full title now HRH Princess Chulabhorn, the Princess Srisavangavadhana.