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Thailand's King Bhumibol Examined for "Irregular Contractions"

BANGKOK - King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world's longest reigning monarch, is being examined for a few "irregular contractions of the heart muscles" in Siriraj hospital in Bangkok, reported the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary in a statement.

The team of doctors caring for the 88-year-old King also scrutinized a few "periodic stomach pains" and have chosen to provide dietary supplements for him intravenously, indicated the document released last night, according to The Nation newspaper.

The King of Thailand has been admitted to the hospital several times over the past six years with a delicate state of health.

On May 20, doctors corrected the excessive fluid in the King's brain by adjusting a shunt inserted into his abdomen.

Bhumibol ascended the throne in 1946, but was not crowned until May 5, 1950, "a week after he got married" with the current Queen Sirikit, according to an official biography.

For most Thais, Rama IX is considered a semi-divine being, the symbol of unity and the guide of the nation.

The last public appearance of the monarch, who has spent several years admitted to Siriraj for various ailments resulting from his age, was made on January 11 when he briefly visited Chitralada Palace in Bangkok.

 

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