Friday 17 January 2020

Spanish king has operation after fall

Alan Kidd in Madrid

Spain's King Juan Carlos underwent hip-replacement surgery in Madrid on Saturday after breaking his right hip in a fall during a private trip to Botswana, the royal household said.

The 74-year-old monarch, who suffers from osteoarthritis, tripped on a step and sustained a fracture "in three fragments" of his hip, doctors who treated him at Madrid's San Jose Hospital said.

Spanish newspaper 'El Pais' said that the king had travelled to Botswana to hunt elephants.

Doctors said the king, who had a lung operation in 2010 and knee and foot surgery in 2011, would be able to resume his official duties in about 10 days.

In his absence, Prince Felipe, his son and heir to the throne, will take his place at some meetings scheduled for today.

This is the second accident involving a member of Spain's royal family in a week.

Last week, Felipe Juan Froilan, the 13-year-old son of the king's daughter Infanta Elena, shot himself in the foot while doing target practice.

Irish Independent

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