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07BANGKOK5437 THAI KING HOSPITALIZED AFTER STROKE; CONDITION REPORTEDLY IMPROVING

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/16/2017

TAGS: PGOV, PINR, TH

SUBJECT: THAI KING HOSPITALIZED AFTER STROKE; CONDITION

REPORTEDLY IMPROVING

 

Classified By: Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce, reason: 1.4 (b) and (d).

 

1. (C) Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was hospitalized on

October 13 after what the Palace described publicly as

inadequate blood flow to his left cerebral cortex, resulting

in weakness on the right side of his body. Privately, Arsa

Sarasin, the King\’s Principal Private Secretary, told the

Ambassador late on October 13 that the King had suffered a

minor stroke.

 

2. (C) The Ambassador spoke again with Arsa Sarasin on

October 16. Arsa said the King\’s condition was improving,

but he would need physical therapy for his right side. Arsa

noted also that the King, whose enjoyment of jazz is

legendary, would not be able to join in a jam session with

the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which will visit Thailand in

the middle of November and perform at events in honor of the

King\’s 80th birthday. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn would

represent the King at a mid-November Preservation Hall gala

dinner organized in part by the Embassy, Arsa said.

 

3. (C) Comment: While the King appears to be recovering from

this latest setback, his hospitalization reminds us how

tenuous his health is, and how suddenly Thailand could be

devastated by his loss.

BOYCE

 

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Written by thaicables

June 23, 2011 at 1:30 am

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