Medical sources: Saudi King to have back surgery

By REUTERS
October 17, 2011 11:17

 
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will have surgery on his back on Monday, medical sources said.

The monarch, who is in his late 80s, went into hospital late on Sunday for an operation to tighten the ligaments around his third vertebra, the state news agency SPA reported.

He had two rounds of back surgery in the United States last year after suffering a herniated disc, leading to a three-month recuperation period outside the kingdom.

His heir is Crown Prince Sultan, who is in his mid 80s and has been in the United States since June for medical treatment.

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