Brain surgery for Thai king
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.