Spain's king leaves hospital after hip operation
MADRID (AFP) - Spain's 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital on Tuesday, a week after surgeons replaced his prosthetic left hip in the latest of a string of operations that have raised questions over his reign.
The King smiled and waved saying he was "very well, very well, as you can see" as he was driven away from a private Madrid hospital where surgeons gave him a temporary hip replacement in a two-and-a-half-hour operation on Sept 24 because of an infection around the previous prosthetic joint.
"His Majesty King Juan Carlos received his hospital discharge after having completed his post-operative period very satisfactorily and having achieved sufficient autonomy for daily life," said a statement by the private Quiron Hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid.
"In the next few weeks Don Juan Carlos will continue with his treatment, post-operative check-ups and his planned recovery programme as an outpatient," the hospital said.