HM King's Intestine Inflammation Escalates

Junta leader and PM Prayuth Chan-ocha wishing HM the King a speedy recovery on 6 October 2014.

BANGKOK — The King of Thailand is still being treated for an infection in his intestine more than a month after he was admitted to the hospital with a high fever, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement today.

According to the palace, medical workers at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital recently detected an increase in King Bhumibol’s intestinal infection that caused the 86-year-old monarch to have a fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, and faster heart rate.

Doctors are now administering a new dose of antibiotic medicine, which appears to have reduced His Majesty the King’s fever. The king's overall condition is improving, the statement says.

King Bhumibol was driven to Siriraj Hospital from his summer palace in Prachuap Kiri Khan province on 3 October with a high fever and rapid heartbeat. His Majesty later underwent surgery to remove an infected gallbladder, the palace said. 

His Majesty the King's frail health is a cause of anxiety for many Thais. The monarch has been on the throne for more than 60 years and is widely credited with bringing stability to the kingdom. 


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