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Hospitalized Thai princess ‘stable to some extent’ after cardiac issue

Bangkok, Dec 19 (EFE).- Princess Bajrakitiyabha is “stable to some extent,” the Thai royal house said in a statement on Monday, days after the eldest daughter of King Maha Vajiralongkorn was hospitalized due to a cardiac ailment.

The palace said in its only second health bulletin since the 44-year-old princess became unconscious on Wednesday that health examinations showed her heart was not contracting as properly as it should.

“Her heartbeat is being controlled by medicines,” said the statement.

The palace said that a coronary angiography — which is done to examine blood flow to the heart — showed no abnormalities.

The statement said the princess was prescribed medicines and equipment to help her heart, lungs, and kidneys function well. “Doctors will be closely monitoring her health conditions.

Bajrakitiyabha fainted while training her dog for a competition in Nakhon Ratchasima city, about 250 km northeast of Bangkok.

She was flown to the Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in the capital.

Since then, the princess’s health has been kept under wraps until the palace released a statement on Monday.

The Thais have held special prayers for her recovery in temples, churches, and mosques across the country.

King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida went to visit the princess on Friday.

A day later, the palace announced that the king and queen had COVID-19 and were experiencing “moderate symptoms.”

The monarchs were pictured on Friday when they went to the Bangkok hospital to see the princess. They had their faces covered by masks.

Bajrakitiyabha, who turned 44 earlier this month, is the only daughter from King Vajiralongkorn’s first marriage to his first cousin, Princess Soamsawali – whom he divorced in 1991.

After her father’s ascension to the throne in 2016, Bajrakitiyabha – considered by many to be the most suitable heir to the throne – took on a more central role in royal ceremonies and acts and in representing the country.

Vajiralongkorn, 70, has not yet named a successor.

With a doctorate in law from the University of Chicago and a degree in international relations, Princess Bajrakitiyabha served as Thailand’s ambassador to Austria between 2012 and 2014.

She held several positions representing the country at the United Nations, including at the UN Women’s agency and, more recently, at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. EFE


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