Spanish king 'totally recovered' from operation

30th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish King Juan Carlos has "totally recovered" from an operation to remove a benign growth from his lung and has no need for further tests, the royal palace announced Thursday.

The 72-year-old king was discharged from hospital on May 11, three days after the operation.

The growth in his right lung had been detected the previous month and doctors decided it was necessary to remove it and examine it.

Juan Carlos underwent new tests this week that revealed "he has totally recovered and that he has no need for further medical visits," the palace said in a statement.

Born on January 5, 1938, Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor Maria de Borbon y Borbon became king on November 22, 1975, two days after the death of right-wing dictator General Francisco Franco.

He is considered a pillar of democratic Spain, having played a key role during the country's transition to democracy after Franco's long dictatorship and an attempted military coup in 1981.

Over the last few years Crown Prince Felipe has taken a more leading role in royal affairs.

© 2010 AFP

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