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King Emeritus Juan Carlos leaves intensive care after open heart surgery

King Felipe VI and his mother, Queen Emeritus Sofia, arrive at the hospital.
King Felipe VI and his mother, Queen Emeritus Sofia, arrive at the hospital. / EFE
  • The 81-year-old former king had triple bypass surgery at the Quirón Hospital in Madrid, following a routine checkup in June

King Emeritus Juan Carlos I is recovering well following open heart surgery on Saturday. The 81-year-old former monarch had a triple heart bypass at the Quirón Hospital in Madrid. The decision was made following the results of a routine health check in June. He left the hospital's intensive care unit on Monday and has now begun therapy.

King Emeritus Juan Carlos arrives at the hospital on Friday evening.

King Emeritus Juan Carlos arrives at the hospital on Friday evening. / EFE

Visiting his father with his mother by his side, King Felipe VI, stated that "it has all gone perfectly well". "There have not been any complications and we are very happy with the doctor's and all of the team's work," he said, speaking of Juan Carlos' seventeenth operation to date.

The head of state returned to his father's bedside again the following day, but this time accompanied by his wife Queen Letizia.

Former queen, Sofia, told reporters that her husband "is in good hands".

The King Emeritus also recieved a visit on Monday from his daughter Infanta Cristina and her three children.

King Felipe stated that he does not know how long his father will stay in hospital, however some medical sources estimate a minimum of ten days.

The 81-year-old former head of State retired from pubic duty this year after abdicating in favour of his son in 2014.