Ailing Thai king makes rare public appearance

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-serving monarch, has made a rare public appearance outside the Bangkok hospital where he was admitted last month.

The 86-year-old king, who has suffered from a series of ailments in recent years, is treated as a near-deity in Thailand and his health is a subject of public concern.

Bhumibol was briefly escorted into the grounds of Siriraj hospital in a wheelchair by doctors, nurses and officials on Saturday to sit on the bank of the Chao Phraya river and pay homage to a statue of his father Prince Mahidol.

The king underwent an operation to remove his gall bladder after tests revealed it was swollen.

AFP

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