Ailing king’s kidneys failing
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. –