The Supreme Patriarch's overall condition has improved and there are no complications following surgery to treat an intestinal infection, Chulalongkorn Hospital says.
Well-wishers sign a book of messages for the Supreme Patriarch’s speedy recovery at Chulalongkorn Hospital yesterday. PATIPAT JANTHONG
The team of physicians treating His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara found he was unwell and suffering from low blood pressure as a result of a blood infection on Monday morning.
The doctors later discovered he had an intestinal bacterial infection and decided to perform an operation to remove part of his intestines.
His Holiness's condition improved after the surgery, the hospital said in a statement released yesterday.
"His Holiness' body temperature and blood pressure are normal. Doctors are now gradually reducing the medication to increase his blood pressure," the statement said.
However, doctors continue to administer medication to treat the infection.
He was still in the intensive care unit (ICU) yesterday, but doctors expected he could move to his inpatient's room at the hospital's Vachirayan Building in the next few days, said a monk who is an aide of His Holiness.
The Supreme Patriarch has been ill since Feb 20, 2002, when he was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital.
He turned 100 on Oct 3, when Buddhists nationwide held religious ceremonies to wish him good health. More than 3,000 people came to the hospital that day to sign the well-wishers' book.
A Chulalongkorn Hospital nurse who is tending to His Holiness yesterday said the Supreme Patriarch was recovering from the operation.
"His condition is not as worrying as people thought," she said.
Their Majesties the King and Queen sent vases of flowers to wish the Supreme Patriarch a speedy recovery yesterday afternoon.
People, monks and government officers also converged on Chulalongkorn Hospital to sign the well-wishers' book. Some disciples gathered near His Holiness' inpatient room to pray for his recovery although the Supreme Patriarch was still in the ICU yesterday.
Sukanya Keawkammee, 47, an office worker, said she came to the hospital after learning on the news that His Holiness had undergone surgery.
During her lunch break she came to the hospital and signed the well-wishers' book.
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