The King in hospital for “fever”

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been hospitalised with fever and fatigue, according to the first statement issued by the Royal Household Bureau on Sunday evening.

The King is experiencing fever and fatigue and has lost appetite, the statement said. His physician are diagnosing the cause of his condition while issuing him antibiotics and intravenous fluid.

The monarch was admitted to Siriraj Hospital on Saturday night for a medical check-up.

Earlier Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva visited Siriraj Hospital before leaving for New York and signed the well-wishing book for His Majesty the King.

At age 81, His Majesty the King is the world’s longest reigning monarch. (TNA)

As usual, details are sketchy.

Why do we care ? Why are we looking at each words of the Royal Household Bureau’s statements ?

First, because the King has had several health issues in the past (read here and there).

Second, because at his age, anything, even a simple cold, can create great concern.

And third, as everybody know now (let’s hope), the succession of the King will shape the future of Thailand.

So, this is why we have to follow -unfortunatly and even if we deeply dislike the idea- very closely every details about the health of his Majesty.

This is not voyeurism. It’s politics.

UPDATE MONDAY
Second statement of the Royal Household Bureau.

His Majesty the King’s fever has subsided, but he still lacks an appetite, the Royal Household Bureau said yesterday. |…] His team of physicians continued to issue him antibiotics and intravenous fluid, the Palace said in its second statement. (Nation)

5 Responses to “The King in hospital for “fever””


  1. 1 Lothar 21 September 2009 at 2:13 am

    Î don’t agree that the successor question is important for the future. Both candidates female or male will not change anything.

    The current system which is the elite protected and represented by the military (How many active and retired militaries where assigned to the board of directors of the large companies under control of the thai bureau of properties after the coup – i don’t know the numbers but a lot) is fighting with the new business generation. Because they know that they can make much more money without the military guys who don’t understand anything about business.

    And from the bottom side you have the “Army of the Poor”.

    It will not take very long until this vaporise the traditional order.

    If the army has to protect a choice which is unpopular to the people it will just happen a little bit faster.

    And therefore i whish the King and all other persons on this planet a good long life.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 21 September 2009 at 3:43 am

    You have to read between the lines : in the succession issue, the name is not really important… it’s the succession itself. AKA King Bhumibol gone

    That has the potential to be a true political earth quake.

    I mean : how could you think that a reign of 60 years, in Thailand, could just end, smoothly ?

  3. 3 David Brown 21 September 2009 at 8:28 am

    Prem still looks healthy and keeping his group together

    As Lothar says its the lower poor ranks of the military that are key, if they refuse to attack the redshirts there is hope for swift change

  4. 4 Tarrin 21 September 2009 at 9:29 am

    The notion that a country future is depending on a man life is ridiculous enough but the notion that no one seems to be concerning about changing the system is even worst.

  5. 5 Lothar 21 September 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Yes David thats the real problem. They tried it two years ago but i guess that in the transition phase they will succeed to put the whole crown council under the same no-critics-without-15-years-in-prison rule.

    No more red shirt demonstrations at Prem’s house.


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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