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Princess Chulabhorn recovers after cataract surgery and back pain treatment

Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, 61, is recovering after cataract surgery and back pain treatment.

The Royal Household Bureau has said that she is recovering satisfactorily from the surgery and treatments which took place at Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok.

She underwent cataract surgery on 22 March, followed by another procedure on 29 March to correct blurred vision. The Princess is now able to see clearly and perform regular routine activities.

In regards to her back pain, her condition is improving to where she only has to take oral medication instead of it being done intravenously. She will be on the medicine until 30 April.

The Princess was admitted to Ramathibodi Hospital in February for the back pain and blurred vision. All of her engagements were cancelled at the time for the foreseeable future.

Princess Chulabhorn also thanked everyone for their good wishes in the press release. The Royal Household Bureau has said it is no longer necessary for people to come to the hospital to sign the book that had been placed there for the Thai people to write their good wishes for her health.

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.

The Princess was previously married to Virayudh Tishyasarin with whom she had two daughters, Princesses Ribha and Dita.

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