King Bhumibol to remain in hospital

King Bhumibol to remain in hospital

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is to remain in hospital.

Now his health has substantially improved but doctors still ask him to continue doing physical therapy so that he can move around with strength first before leaving the hospital.

The 82-year-old monarch - who was briefly allowed back home in May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of becoming king - is still not well enough to leave after originally being admitted to Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 with flu and pneumonia.

His wife Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara has said the king's health has "substantially improved" but he will remain in the medical centre for treatment until further notice.

Bhumibol - who is the world's longest-reigning monarch - was treated for fatigue and respiratory problems last year and suffered loss of appetite for almost three months.

The queen said on the eve of her 78th birthday in a radio address yesterday (11.08.10): "Now his health has substantially improved but doctors still ask him to continue doing physical therapy so that he can move around with strength first before leaving the hospital."

His last public appearance was in May when he was moved from Siriraj hospital to the country's Grand Palace for the 60th anniversary of his crowning.

Thousands of Thai people lined the streets of Bangkok to cheer on the royal couple as they were taken by motorcade to a huge celebration, which included numerous parades and fireworks at the palace.


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