MADRID – Former King Juan Carlos of Spain, father of the current Spanish monarch Felipe VI, had a successful triple bypass surgery this Saturday that was completed without incident.
That was announced by the managing director of the Quiron hospital group in Madrid, Dr. Lucia Alonso, who read the medical report after the operation.
Alonso noted that the operation “was completed successfully and consisted of a triple coronary artery bypass surgery.” She added that the open heart procedure went off “without incident,” and that, “as is usual,” the patient was taken to the Intensive Care Unit for “post-surgery” observation.
After this first report on the operation, the next will be made public this Sunday at 12:00 pm local time.
In charge of the operation was Dr. Alberto Forteza Gil, head of Cardiac Surgery Service at Quiron University Hospital Madrid, a private medical center where the former king has been operated on other occasions.
King Felipe VI went to the hospital with his mother, Queen Sofia, to be on hand when the operation was completed.
As he left the hospital afterwards, Felipe VI said he was “very happy” about how the surgery was performed, adding that “everything went perfectly,” in a statement to reporters waiting at the hospital entrance.
According to the hospital’s managing director, the surgery undergone by Juan Carlos de Bourbon this Saturday was scheduled after the medical exam he underwent last June at the same medical center.
The coronary bypass procedure that the king underwent this Saturday is performed on patients with obstructions in the coronary arteries in order to improve their blood flow to the muscular heart tissue known as the myocardium.
Juan Carlos de Borbon, 81, who was admitted to the hospital Friday night, greeted the reporters who were waiting as he entered and told them, “You’ll see me on my way out.”
Saturday’s operation was the 17th for the previous head of state, many of them of an orthopedic nature, and the third since he abdicated in favor of his son, King Felipe VI, in June 2014.
The previous head of state decided last June 2 to discontinue all his official activities.