Princess Bajrakitiyabha remains unconscious 3 weeks after collapse

Princess Bajrakitiyabha remains unconscious for more than three weeks since she collapsed with a heart problem, according to a statement from the Bureau of the Royal Household on the health of the potential heir to the throne. Princess Bajrakitiyabha, King Vajiralongkorn’s eldest child, remains unconscious after she was hospitalised on Wednesday, December 14.

The Princess, 44 years old, was reported to have collapsed while training her dogs for the 2022 Thailand Working Dog Championship of the Royal Thai Army at the Military Dog Battalion in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. She was taken to the Pak Chong Nana Hospital before being transferred via helicopter to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok where she remains.

Princess Bajrakitiyabha remains unconscious due to severe heart arrhythmia resulting from inflammation following a mycoplasma infection, according to the palace statement.

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“Doctors continue to provide medicine and use equipment to support the functions of the heart, lung and kidney as well as using antibiotics while monitoring her condition closely.”

People have been pouring into the lobby of the hospital’s Bhumisiri Mangkhalanusorn Building for the past few days to leave tributes and pray for the princess.

The king has yet to formally designate an heir and there has been no official discussion on the prospect of the princess taking the throne. Princess Bajrakitiyabha is the oldest of the king’s seven children and the only child of his first wife, Princess Soamsawali. Princess Bajrakitiyabha has been viewed by many as a likely successor to the throne due to her public standing and family background.

Princess Bajarakitiyabha, a trained lawyer with a doctorate from Cornell University, has served as Thai ambassador to Austria, Slovenia, and Slovakia and in roles with the Attorney General’s office and as Thai ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

In February 2021, she was transferred to the Royal Security Command, the military unit responsible for the security of the king and his family, and given the rank of general.

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