SHAFAQNA – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is suffering from pneumonia and is now breathing with the help of a tube, the royal court says.
According to PressTV, long-ailing King Abdullah was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in the capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday for medical checks.
Examination “revealed pneumonia, which required the provisional insertion of a tube on Friday evening,” a statement said.
It added that the tube was inserted “with stability and success” and noted that the 90-year-old Saudi ruler is now in stable condition.
It did not say how long the king would need to remain in hospital.
The Saudi king had two operations in October 2011 and November 2012 because of “ligament slackening” in the upper back.
Poor health, old age as well as the death of the king’s half-brothers have raised concerns about the future of the oil-rich country in the face of anti-government demonstrations.
Abdullah’s 77-year-old half brother, Salman, is next in line to the throne. He was named Saudi crown prince in June 2012 after the death of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.
Salman has recently represented King Abdullah at most public events because of the monarch’s ailing health.