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Prince Laurent of Belgium placed in induced coma

Published on Mar 26, 2014 4:24 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Prince Laurent of Belgium, the naughty younger brother of King Philippe, has been placed in a medically-induced coma in a Brussels hospital, the palace said Tuesday.

The 50-year-old prince, 11th in line to the throne, was rushed to hospital a week ago suffering from pneumonia and has been "placed in an artificial coma to optimise the treatment", said palace spokesman Pierre-Emmanuel de Bauw.

His condition "is stable", the spokesman added.

King Philippe, the oldest son of Albert II who abdicated in his favour last year, visited Laurent on Monday while Queen Mathilde went to the hospital Tuesday.

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