Spain

King Juan Carlos recovering well after triple bypass


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King Juan Carlos of Spain is said to be recovering well from his triple bypass surgery which took place last weekend.

Doctors at Quirón de Pozuelo Clinic in Madrid have removed the cardiac stimulation cables from the 81-year-old King Emeritus. The clinic announced Thursday that tests performed on the King are normal.

It is not yet known when he will be discharged but another update on his health is expected on Saturday at noon.

King Juan Carlos has been visited by his family including his wife, Queen Sofía and his son and daughter-in-law, King Felipe and Queen Letizia. His daughter, Infanta Cristina has also visited him, as have Felipe and Letizia’s two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía.

On Sunday, King Felipe told the press that his father’s recovery was “going well.”

This was His Majesty’s 17th surgery, his first being in 1954 when his appendix was removed. His last major operation was in April 2018 when doctors operated on his right knee at the private Sanitas La Moraleja University Clinic in Madrid.

King Juan Carlos came to the throne after the regime of dictator Fransico Franco fell in 1975 after Franco’s death. Franco had made Juan Carlos a Prince of Spain, mentoring him to continue his government once he had passed. However, when Juan Carlos became King of Spain, he brought democracy back to the country after decades of Franco’s authoritarian regime.

The former monarch, 81, retired from public duties on 2 June of this year – five years after his abdication in favour of his only son and youngest child, Felipe. His son now reigns as King Felipe VI.



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