Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos I recovers after heart surgery

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.

Spain’s former monarch King Juan Carlos I. – PHOTO: AP