Good news: King Harald to leave hospital today after successful heart operation

King HaraldPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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King Harald will be discharged from Rikshospitalet on Monday, Norway’s Royal House announced.

“The king is in good shape, and he will be returning home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s personal physician Bjørn Bendz said in a press release.

This weekend, Norway’s Royal House stated that the king was fine after Friday’s operation – heart valve surgery.

“The king has had a short walk, and his condition is good,” Bendz said at the time.

Operated in 2005

King Harald also underwent an operation on the heart valve between the heart and the main artery in 2005.

An artificial heart valve was then inserted.

Such heart valves usually have a “lifespan” of 10 to 15 years.

Therefore, it is not uncommon for such interventions to have to be repeated after some time – in the king’s case, after 15 years.

Such operations are performed several hundred times a year at Rikshospitalet.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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