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Thai princess next in line to throne on life support after collapse on dog walk
December 19, 2022
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A Thai princess being "artificially kept alive" on life support after suffering a heart attack while out walking her dog is now having her heart, lungs and kidneys managed by machines.
Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand is next in line to the Thai throne.
She was out with her dog in Kaho Yai national park last week (December 14) when she suffered the attack, before being air lifted to a nearby hospital – with her father King Maha Vajiralongkorn flown there shortly after.
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Local news reported she was given CPR for more than an hour, but was “unlikely to recover”.
Journalist Andrew Marhsall, who broke the news, tweeted: “Several royal sources say Princess Bajrakitiyabha suffered a heart attack today while running with her dogs in Khao Yai national park.
“Her father King Vajiralongkorn rushed there in a helicopter.
“Some sources are saying that despite CPR being carried out for more than an hour, there was no response and she has been put on an ECMO machine, which basically means she is dead but being artificially kept alive.
“She is just 44 so it’s very unusual that she would have heart failure but this is what my sources are telling me.”
But in a new, more worrying update, the Palace has now said her heart, lungs and kidneys are all being kept alive by machinery.
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A spokesman said: “Her royal highness's heartbeat is controlled by medicine – but the heartbeat does not go well.
“The medical team has offered her royal highness medicine and equipment to support the work of her royal highness's heart, lung, and kidneys.”
It is not expected the Princess will survive the ordeal, with some claiming they are keeping her alive while they try to figure out how to handle the situation.
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It is also being reported in some local news outlets that the King and wife Queen Suthida tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday (December 17) and are no longer allowed to visit the Princess in hospital.
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