'High Fever' Prompts HM King To Return To Hospital

Crowds of well-wishers lined the roads in Bangkok and shouted "Long live the King" as His Majesty the King left Siriraj Hospital on 15 Sept 2014.

BANGKOK — The King of Thailand returned to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok last night to treat a high fever, blood infection, and low blood pressure, the Bureau of Royal Household said in a statement today.

King Bhumibol traveled from his summer palace in Prachuap Kiri Khan province to the hospital in Bangkok at around 11 pm last night. He was accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen. 

According to the palace statement, the 86-year-old monarch came down with a fever, measured at around 38 degrees Celsius, on Friday night. Medical tests also revealed that he had an infection, low blood pressure, and a rapid heartbeat.

"After the medical team has administered antibiotics intravenously, His Majesty the King’s blood pressure is now stable, the fever lower, and diet condition improving," the statement says.

The Bureau of Royal Household added that the medical team will continue to look into the cause of blood infection. 

The governor of Bangkok, Sukhumbhand Paribatra, arrived at Siriraj Hospital this morning seeking information about the king's condition, but was turned away by officials who said they did not have any details, Post Today reported.

It has been less than three weeks since His Majesty's last stay at Siriraj Hospital, when he spent more than a month treating 'mild gastritis,' according to the Bureau of Royal Household. 

King Bhumibol also previously spent several years at Siriraj Hospital to undergo surgery and other medical operations.

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.

Although His Majesty returned to the hospital late last night, Thai media agencies were asked not to report about the visit and instructed to wait for a formal statement released by the Bureau of Royal Household this afternoon. 

 

CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly reported the King's age to be 84. He is 86. 

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