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Dutch Prince Friso’s Condition Remains Critical; No Prognosis

Friso van Oranje, the second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, remains in stable but critical condition after a Feb. 17 skiing accident, the Dutch Government Information Service said.

“Prince Friso’s condition is still unchanged: stable but critical,” the information service in The Hague said today in a statement, following his second night in the intensive care trauma unit of a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria. No prognosis can be given before the end of the week, it said.

Friso, 43, was trapped in an avalanche while skiing off- piste at the western Austrian ski resort of Lech, where the Dutch royal family has spent winter vacations since 1959. He was recovered by the Lech mountain rescue service and volunteers after being buried for about 20 minutes and was transported by helicopter to Innsbruck.

Family members including Friso’s brothers Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn and their families have flown to the area to join the Queen, Friso’s wife Princess Mabel and their two daughters, who were in Austria at the time of the accident.

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