The Courier-Mail

Brain surgery for Thai king

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been treated for “water on the brain” and a chest infection, the palace has revealed in a rare statement, amid public concern over the health of the world’s longestser­ving monarch.

The 87-year-old king, who is perceived as a near-deity by many Thais, has been in Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital since May, but informatio­n on his condition has been scarce.

Doctors at the hospital have “reduced the level of water in his brain”, the Royal Household Bureau said yesterday.

“He has had fever periodical­ly and a raised heartbeat – assumed to be caused from an earlier lung infection,” it said.

Fears over Thailand’s future as Bhumibol’s reign enters its twilight years are seen as a motivating factor behind a decade of political turmoil in the kingdom in which there have been street protests and two coups.

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