1998 Public Statement

Royal Court issues statement on King's health
The Royal Court today reported that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz underwent successful removal of the gallbladder at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh this morning. The following is the official statement released by the Royal Court:

"Further to the medical report issued by the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center on 12th Rabi' Al-Akher 1419, corresponding to August 4, 1998, which stated that fluid had been drawn from the abdominal cavity of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, without surgical intervention, a supplementary medical report issued by the hospital indicates that on the morning of Wednesday, 20th Rabi' Al-Akher 1419 H, corresponding to August 12, 1998, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques underwent a cholescystectomy including stone removal through endoscopy. The United States surgeon Mr. Ted Pappas from Duke University, North Carolina, together with a team of Saudi doctors, carried out this procedure. Thanks to God, the operation was performed with complete success. 

"It is to be noted that after the fluid had been suctioned from the abdominal cavity a stone measuring about ten millimeters was discovered in the gallbladder;  this was causing frequent infection resulting in leakage of bile into the abdominal cavity. In light of the foregoing, the King underwent a number of laboratory and radiological examinations, all of which proved that he is maintaining overall an excellent condition of health.
"The most reputable and prominent specialists in gallbladder surgery from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States were contacted, in addition to discussion with the Mayo Clinic in the United States through the telemedicine satellite  facility. All the doctors concerned gave assurances that the King is in good health except that the gallbladder had to be removed, with the stone.
"Also of note is that on Monday, 21st Dhu Al-Hajjah 1414 H, corresponding to May 31, 1994, a stone was removed from the bile duct at King Fahd Military Hospital, Jeddah, through an endoscopy procedure. King Fahd also received treatment for an acute infection in the gallbladder during the period from 11th to 13th Dhu Al-Qadah 1418 H, corresponding to March 9 to 11, 1998, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh."