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Prince Joachim recovering well following emergency brain surgery

Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Medical teams looking after Prince Joachim of Denmark say they are confident he won’t suffer any longlasting consequences from the blood clot on his brain that required emergency surgery last week.

Doctors in Toulouse, where the prince was operated on in the late hours of July 24th 2020, say he is recovering well and that he should recover without any longterm impact on his health.

In a new statement from the Royal Court in Denmark, issued on the morning of July 28th 2020, it was confirmed that Joachim developed a clot after a sudden dissection of an artery. The teams treating him say the chances of it happening again are very low once the artery has healed.

The prince, who is sixth in line to the Danish throne, is expected to be moved from intensive care very soon but will stay in hospital for the forseeable future while his treatment continues. His wife, Princess Marie, is with him.

Joachim, 51, was on holiday with Marie and their children at the Chateau de Cayx when he was taken ill on Friday. He was taken to hospital in nearby Cahors before being moved to Toulouse where brain surgery took place.

The couple have thanked people for their good wishes since news of the prince’s hospitalisation was made public but they have asked for their privacy to be respected as Joachim continues to recover.

The Danish Royal Court also said that Joachim’s mother, Queen Margrethe II, was very grateful for all the kind wishes that had been sent to her and her whole family in the past days.

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