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King Harald of Norway to undergo heart operation

King Harald V of Norway, 83, will undergo a new heart operation on Friday after weeks of respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

King Harald of Norway to undergo heart operation
King Harald. Photo: AFP

The operation, to be conducted under local anaesthetic, is to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

The palace said it was “not rare” to fix such valves, which are only expected to last 10 to 15 years.

Harald, a former Olympic yachtsman who has held the throne for 29 years, has refused to abdicate despite several years of ill-health, including an operation for bladder cancer in 2003.

He was also admitted to hospital for three days late last month due to respiratory problems.

“His Majesty the King has undergone regular checks and our last evaluation shows that this operation is necessary to improve the King's breathing,” his doctor Bjørn Bendz said in the palace's statement.

The monarch plays a largely symbolic role in Norwegian society, and Harald's son, 47-year-old prince Haakon, has taken over his functions during the recent period of illness.                              

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Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery
A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

“The king is in good form and will travel home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s doctor, consultant Bjørn Bendz, said in the statement.

The palace had confirmed during the weekend that the king was well after the procedure to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

Artificial valves of the type the king received have a life span of 10-15 years. As such, it is not uncommon for them to be replaced.

“His majesty the king is well after yesterday’s intervention. The king has been for a short stroll, and his condition is good,” Bendz said in a statement on Saturday.

Last month, the king spent a short time in hospital due to respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

He is currently on indefinite sick leave, with his son Crown Prince Haakon deputising the king’s royal duties.

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