Queen Sofia says Spanish king doing well after surgery

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Spain's King Juan Carlos I is very well after his weekend operation to remove a benign growth on his lung, Queen Sofia told reporters Monday.

The 72-year-old monarch, who underwent surgery on Saturday to remove a growth that doctors said showed no signs of malignancy, spent a "very good" night, Queen Sofia said as she arrived at a Barcelona hospital.

Princess Cristina, one of the king's daughters, also arrived from Washington to be by her father's bedside.

"I really wanted to see him," she said, "we spoke a lot on the telephone and he is doing perfectly."

On Sunday evening the hospital said it was "extremely satisfied" with the king's progress. It will publish a new health report at 1800 GMT on Monday.

© 2010 AFP

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