Saturday, December 24, 2011

Queen visits Prince Philip in hospital

The Queen has arrived to visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital in Cambridgeshire, where he has been treated for a blocked coronary artery.
A "minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting" was successfully performed after he was taken to hospital suffering chest pains.
The duke, 90, had a "good night" but remains under observation at Papworth Hospital, Buckingham Palace said.
The Queen was accompanied by her son, Edward, on the visit.
The coronary stenting procedure involves pushing a balloon into the artery and blowing it up to remove the blockage.
The stent is a metal sleeve fitted over the balloon, which remains inside the body when the balloon is removed.
The duke would have remained conscious during the procedure. He is likely to remain under observation "for a short period", the palace said.
Specialist unit
The BBC's Peter Hunt said the Greek-born prince was in strikingly good health and there had been no suggestion of ill health.
The prince attended a lunch for his staff a week ago and was reportedly "on very good form", he added.
He was flown to the hospital by helicopter. No other member of the Royal Family travelled with him.
Papworth is the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country's main heart and lung transplant centre, treating more than 22,800 inpatient and day cases and 53,400 outpatients each year.
Senior members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had been due to arrive at Sandringham on Saturday for Christmas.
Prince Philip, who arrived at Sandringham on Monday, is the longest-serving royal consort and celebrated 64 years of marriage in November.
He was last in hospital in April 2008, when he(...)More.

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