King of Spain Has Hip Surgery After Falling on Trip to Botswana
King Juan Carlos of Spain had surgery today at a privately-owned Madrid hospital after breaking his hip in a fall while on a trip to Botswana, the Palace said.
The King, 74, broke his right hip in three places, according to a statement on the Palace web site. Surgeons at USP Hospitales SL’s San Jose Hospital rebuilt the joint, which had been weakened by arthritis, and added a prosthesis.
Juan Carlos had been on a hunting trip when the accident happened and was repatriated to Spain in a 10-hour journey by private jet, El Pais reported, showing a picture of the monarch holding a rifle in front of a prostrate elephant.
The news provoked criticism from the Spanish media, which contrasted the King’s travels with the austerity measures crippling the country’s economy.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.