Norway's king gets pacemaker in Malaysia after falling ill

Norway’s king has pacemaker implanted in Malaysia after falling ill

/ 11:04 AM March 03, 2024

Norway's king gets pacemaker in Malaysia after falling ill on vacation

Norway’s King Harald during a press conference on the royal yacht Norge in Aarhus, Denmark June 16, 2023. The King and Queen of Norway are on an official visit to Denmark. Ritzau Scanpix/Bo Amstrup via REUTERS/File Photo

Norway’s King Harald had a temporary pacemaker implanted on Saturday at a hospital in Malaysia after falling ill while on holiday there, the Norwegian royal household said.

“The pacemaker was implanted due to a low heart rate. The decision was made earlier today, and the procedure was successful,” the palace said in a statement, adding that he is doing well under the circumstances but still requires rest.


READ: Norway’s King Harald in hospital in Malaysia


The procedure should make the journey home safer, likely in a couple of days, it said.

The 87-year-old monarch was on a private holiday in the Southeast Asian country when he fell ill with an infection earlier this week.

READ: Norway’s King Harald in hospital with infection, condition stable

King Harald has been Norway’s ceremonial head of state since 1991 and is Europe’s oldest living monarch. He has repeatedly been hospitalized with infections in recent years, and has also undergone heart surgery.

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