Thai queen recovering in hospital after heart problem

Queen Sirikit was taken to hospital with symptoms of an irregular heart beat.

Bangkok: The Thai palace on Saturday said that the kingdom`s 78-year-old queen was recovering after being admitted to a Bangkok hospital with a heart problem.

Queen Sirikit was taken to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital late Thursday with "symptoms of an irregular heart beat", according to a statement from the Royal Household Bureau.

She continues to be monitored in the hospital, which she visited yesterday by her husband King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has himself been hospitalised for the past year.

"A team of royal physicians treated her with high frequency radio waves and her heart beat returned to normal on October 01," the palace said.

Bhumibol, the world`s longest-reigning monarch and considered a demi-god by many Thais, was seen arriving at the hospital in a wheelchair with royal aides, as hospital staff knelt and bowed in respect.

The couple`s daughter Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has visited and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also arrived to pay his respects by signing a book of well wishes today.

The king was admitted to Bangkok`s Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 for treatment for a respiratory condition, although he has appeared in public several times since.

Bhumibol is seen as a unifying figure in a country riven by political unrest, although he remained largely silent during April and May`s anti-government "Red Shirt" protests that left 91 people dead.

He married Queen Sirikit, a distant cousin and ambassador`s daughter, in 1950, the same year as his coronation.


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