The Norwegian Royal Court has issued a statement saying King Harald was discharged from Rikshospitalet on Monday, 12 October 2020.

King Harald V of Norway. Photo: Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs, The Royal Court

The King’s doctor and chief physician Cardiovascular and Lung Clinic at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Bjørn Bendz said his patient is in ‘good shape and is returning home’.

According to Norway Today, Crown Prince Haakon said, during an interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), that is father is satisfied and recovering after the successful heart-valve operation on Friday, 10 October 2020.

The Crown Prince added his father was fine and thanked the whole team at the hospital, led by Bjørn Bendz, ‘who has done an incredible job. What they achieved is very impressive.’

He admitted during the interview that the risk ‘was not high’ but it was still a relief to hear that everytihng had gone well.’

The King is in good shape and is returning home from Rikshospitalet today.’

King Harald’s doctor and Chief physician Bjørn Bendz

Rikshospitalet’s Department of Cardiology’s Chief Physicians Bjørn Benz, Lars Aaberge and Christian Eek carried out the operation.

King Harald was awake during the operation, which was performed via the groin with local anesthetics, according to Bjørn Bendz, in a ‘hybrid room – a combination of an X-ray laboratory and operating theatre.’

A temporary pacemaker was first installed, then the procedure itself, which was performed via a carotid artery in the groin.

A new biological heart valve was inserted via the access in the in the inguinal artery and placed inside the old valve. The old flap was thus pushed out to the side of the new well-functioning flap.

The King had an operation in 2005 to replace the original aortic valve, between his heart and the main artery, with an artificial one.

King Harald is said to be doing well and able to go for a short walk the day after his surgery.

His Majesty will remain on sick leave for the rest of October whilst Crown Prince Haakon will remain as Regent.

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