Thai King Bhumibol’s Health Has Improved, Royal Palace Says

  • King had been suffering from lung infection, quick pulse
  • Thailand’s 88-year-old monarch has led nation since 1946

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is recovering after a lung infection, though he will continue to be hospitalized and treated with antibiotics for an infection in his knee, the royal palace said.

Bhumibol, 88, had an infection in his right lung, a quickened pulse and a fever earlier in the week, the palace said in statement late Saturday. His temperature, pulse and blood pressure have since returned to normal, it said.

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The world’s longest-reigning monarch, Bhumibol was hospitalized at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital in May 2015, when he was treated for a lung infection. He also suffered lung infections in 2009 and 2013.

The health of Bhumibol is watched closely in Thailand, where he is revered by many for what they say has been his unifying presence during a seven-decade reign marked by 16 attempted or successful coups, the most recent in May 2014.

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