BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, is making a recovery in hospital after being treated for a blood infection & lung inflammation, the palace said on Wednesday.
The 87-year-old King Bhumibol has been in Bangkok's Siriraj hospital for more than three months & had been treated for water on the brain. He was suffering at the weekend from a blood infection & lung inflammation.
His fever has subsided, blood oxygen levels had returned to normal & an X-ray had shown his lung inflammation had been lowered substantially, the palace said.
The king was still receiving food intravenously & was being given oxygen, it said.
The king's health is watched closely in Thailand, where he is a figure of moral strength & symbol of continuity in a country that has been through much upheaval during his 69-year reign.
The king has spent most of the past six years in hospital.
Most Thais have known no other monarch, & nervousness over the eventual succession has played into a decade of political division.
During a visit to a royal foundation for volunteer doctors on Monday, covered by Thailand's daily royal news programmes, the king's youngest daughter, Princess Chulabhorn, urged people to pray for the his recovery.
"I would like all of you to think of the king while praying, that you're praying for his recovery from illness & for him to live long," she said.
(Reporting by Viparat Jantraprapaweth & Orathai Sriring; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Robert Birsel)