PHIL-ING BET­TER

Duke leaves hos­pi­tal four days af­ter heart scare

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BAR­NEY SA­MUELS

PRINCE Philip left hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day four nights af­ter hav­ing lifesaving surgery on his ticker.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh smiled and waved to re­porters as he left.

He re­joined the Royal Fam­ily at the San­dring­ham es­tate in Nor­folk to play party games and shoot stuff.

The 90-year-old had been in Pap­worth Hos­pi­tal since Fri­day af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted fol­low­ing chest pains.

Prince Philip missed the royal Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions as well as the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day slaugh­ter of pheas­ants.

He sat up­right and smiled broadly as he left hos­pi­tal. In a state­ment, Buck­ing­ham Palace said: “On de­par­ture, Prince Philip thanked the staff at Pap­worth for the ex- cel­lent care he has re­ceived dur­ing his stay.

“He is very much look­ing for­ward to re­join­ing his fam­ily.”

Buck House also said no de­ci­sion had been taken on how soon the Duke would re­sume pub­lic en­gage­ments or whether he would at­tend Sun­day’s ser­vice at St Mary Mag­da­lene church.

The prince is said to have been ad­vised by doc­tors to rest, though his next for­mal en­gage­ment is not un­til Jan­uary 17 when he is due to at­tend a din­ner at the Scott Po­lar Re­search In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity Cam­bridge.

This year the Duke was un­der doc­tor’s or­ders not to leave his bed while he was kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion.

On his ar­rival at Pap­worth doc­tors found a blocked artery and went ahead with a “min­i­mally in­va­sive

of pro­ce­dure of coro­nary stent­ing”, which was de­clared a suc­cess.

Stent­ing in­volves in­sert­ing a tube called a stent into an artery, to im­prove blood flow.

It was the most se­ri­ous health scare suf­fered by the nor­mally spry Duke.

He usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies the 85-year-old monarch and in the au­tumn he trav­elled to Aus­tralia on an 11-day of­fi­cial visit to Perth, Mel­bourne, Can­berra and Bris­bane.

Scores of po­lice of­fi­cers combed the grounds of the hos­pi­tal in the early hours of this morn­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the Duke’s de­par­ture in a Range Rover.

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