MADRID (AP) – Doctors at the hospital where Spain’s former monarch Juan Carlos I underwent heart surgery said he is making a satisfactory recovery almost 24 hours after the operation.
Managing Director of Madrid’s Quironsalud University Hospital Lucia Alonso said yesterday the 81-year-old king emeritus is awake and breathing without support.
Alonso said in a statement that Juan Carlos is sitting up in bed and “is in good spirits.”
The triple bypass procedure last Saturday was scheduled after the former king had a checkup two months ago.
The hospital said the operation was successful and without complications.
Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favour of Felipe, ending a near 39-year reign. He retired from public duties last May.