Updated: Another miracle recovery

5 10 2014

Rushed from Hua Hin to Siriraj Hospital on Friday night, the king and queen were the subject of health rumors as social media lit up. The king was dead. The queen had another stroke. The king had a stroke. And more.

Monks all round the country were ordered to pray for the king. People showed up at the hospital. High officials and other junta flunkies showed up at the hospital. Unusually, some seemed reluctant to say anything at all. The well-wishers’ books were out for signing, and people urged to show up and sign them.

As an old, infirm and very frail man, the king’s frequent and long stays in hospital over recent years seems to have created a mood where people seem willing to think of him dying. The military dictatorship is claimed to be in place in order to “manage” succession.

We doubt the military manage anything beyond a coup.

Meanwhile, the Royal Household seems to recycle its press releases. Despite all of this activity and worry, by Saturday morning, it declared the king much improved.

It stated that on Friday the king had “a high fever of 38.2 Celsius degree Friday evening and doctors diagnosed him with blood infection and his blood pressure had changed, resulting in faster heartbeat.” The king’s “team of doctors” didn’t tell the king to go to hospital – no one can tell the king to do anything – but “asked His Majesty to travel from the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin to Siriraj Hospital to receive treatment with special medical equipment and for further blood checking.”

Miraculously, in less than 24 hours, the Royal Household stated that the king’s “fever has subsided after he was admitted to Siriraj Hospital…”. It said that “doctors had given intravenous medicine to His Majesty and found on Saturday morning that His Majesty had stable blood pressure and the fever had subsided while he had better nutrition conditions.”

Of course, none of this could possibly have been done in Hua Hin….

Every time the king goes to hospital, he is reported to be “improved,” “improving,” or “well” from the very first report the Royal Household makes.

If, by chance, this announcement was truthful, then questions will be asked about the reasons for a nighttime dash to a capital city hospital.

Update: Surprise! It turns out that the Saturday announcement was misleading. Today, the Bangkok Post reports that the king has had an operation to remove an inflamed gall bladder. No doubt we’ll hear more about how he has made a fabulous recovery.

 


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23 11 2014
BBC on king’s health | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] in Uncategorized · Leave a comment As readers will know, the king went back into hospital on 3 October this year, and since then there have been several official reports stating that he has had relatively minor […]

23 11 2014
BBC on king’s health | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] readers will know, the king went back into hospital on 3 October this year, and since then there have been several official reports stating that he has had relatively minor […]




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