Ail­ing king’s kid­neys fail­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THAI­LAND’S hos­pi­tal-bound King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej is still be­ing treated for kid­ney fail­ure al­though an in­fec­tion in his lung has eased, the palace said, in the lat­est up­date on the 88-year-old’s ail­ing health.

King Bhu­mi­bol is the world’s long­est-reign­ing monarch and beloved by many in Thai­land.

He has not been seen in pub­lic for nearly a year as he bat­tles a se­ries of ail­ments in a Bangkok hos­pi­tal.

The palace tightly con­trols news about his health and it is dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain his over­all con­di­tion.

The lat­est state­ment by the Royal House­hold Bureau on Oc­to­ber 1 said he was re­cov­er­ing from a res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion in his left lung af­ter be­ing treated with an­tibi­otics.

How­ever, it said he con­tin­ues to re­ceive re­nal re­place­ment ther­apy, a treat­ment for acute kid­ney fail­ure.

King Bhu­mi­bol has been treated for a va­ri­ety of health com­pli­ca­tions over the past two years, in­clud­ing bac­te­rial in­fec­tions, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and heart prob­lems.

His reign has spanned seven tu­mul­tuous decades and his frail health is a cause of great pub­lic con­cern for Thais, most of whom have never known life un­der an­other king. –

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