BANGKOK – Dozens of people congregated on Tuesday in front of the hospital in Bangkok to pray for the health of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was admitted after his health worsened during the weekend.
People were dressed in pink – a color symbolizing wishes for good health in Thailand – and chanted Buddhist prayers.
“I have heard that the King is better today and we, the Thai people, want to express our love to him,” Donnapha Kladbupha, one of those attending the prayers, told EFE.
Late Sunday, the Thai Royal Household reported that the monarch underwent hemodialysis treatment the previous day. During the process, there appeared to be a sharp drop in blood entering the heart’s left ventricle while his blood acidity increased.
The medication administered to him has improved his condition, according to the Royal Household.
King Bhumibol, who will turn 89 on Dec. 5, has occupied the throne for 70 years and is the oldest reigning monarch in the world.
He remains in the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, where he has stayed almost continuously since he was admitted a year ago.
The last public appearance of the monarch was on Jan. 11, when he paid a visit to the Royal Chitralada Palace for a few hours.
King Bhumibol’s health condition is a taboo subject in the country due to the lèse-majesté laws that shields the Royal Family against all kinds of accusations and comments.
Bhumibol, on the throne since June 9, 1946, is the only King most Thais know and is revered as an almost divine being, a symbol of unity and a guide for the nation.