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Saudi Arabia King Abdullah hospitalized, appears in wheelchair

By Andrew Moran     Nov 19, 2010 in World
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has once again been admitted to the hospital after numerous complaints over his consistent back pain. Doctors have ordered tests and suggested the 86-year-old to rest.
On Wednesday, pundits and news media outlets speculated over Saudi Arabian King Abdullah’s health after he resigned as head of the nation’s National Guard and appointed his 57-year-old son, Prince Mitab bin Adbullah, to the post.
After he was admitted into the hospital on Friday over his back pain, speculations over his health continue to be the subject of discussions in Saudi Arabia, according to Agence-France Presse.
State news agencies reported that a blood clot complicated a back condition that he is suffering from and medical officials are undergoing more tests. They are suggesting that the King take a long period of rest.
“The king felt more pain in his back, so further tests were carried out at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh,” said the SPA. “It appears he has a blood clot in addition to his slipped disc, which is pressuring the nerves so the medical team advised him to rest and monitor the situation.”
News outlets published a photo of the King sitting in a wheelchair surrounded by hospital personnel, reports Reuters.
This latest story is also of grave concern to nations around the world, including the United States. Saudi Arabia controls more than one-fifth of the world’s oil reserves, is a strong ally with the U.S. and holds a large portion of U.S. assets.
Prince Nayef is believed to be second in line to the thrown but the 76-year-old has also undergone undisclosed treatment over the past year, notes Press TV.
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