Thai princess remains unconscious for weeks after collapse – Times of India


BANGKOK: Thailand’s princess Bajrakitiyabha remained unconscious for more than three weeks after she collapsed due to a heart problem, a palace statement said in an update on the health of the 44-year-old potential heir to the throne.
Thai King’s eldest child Maha Vajiralongkorn lost consciousness on Dec. 15 due to severe cardiac arrhythmias due to inflammation following a mycoplasma infection, according to a statement from the palace late Saturday.
The princess’s “general condition is that she remains unconscious,” the palace said.
“Doctors continue to provide medications and use equipment to support heart, lung and kidney functions, as well as use antibiotics, while closely monitoring her condition,” it said.
Princess Bajarakitiyabha fell ill while preparing her dogs for a competition in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, where she was initially treated before being taken to Bangkok by helicopter.
She is one of King’s three children Vajiralongkorn holding formal titles, making her eligible for the throne under a palace succession law and the country’s constitution.
The king has yet to formally designate an heir and there has been no official discussion of the prospect of the princess taking the throne.
Princess Bajarakitiyabha, a trained lawyer with master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University, has served as Thai Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and in positions in the Attorney General’s Office, the Royal Security Command and as Thai ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
She was born on December 7, 1978. Her mother is the king’s first wife Princess Soamsawali.

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