Spanish king undergoes hip surgery again

AFP News27 April 2012
The monarch was "recovering satisfactorily," the palace said
Spanish King Juan Carlos (C) leaves San Jose hospital on April 18, in Madrid. The king underwent surgery for a second time Thursday, the royal palace said, after suffering a broken hip during a much-criticised Botswana hunting trip and receiving a prosthesis

Spanish King Juan Carlos underwent surgery for a second time, the royal palace said, after suffering a broken hip during a much-criticised Botswana hunting trip and receiving a prosthesis.

Juan Carlos, 74, "was operated on this evening at the hospital USP San Jose for a dislocated right hip which he suffered in the afternoon as a result of a wrong movement," the palace said in a statement.

The monarch was "recovering satisfactorily in the hospital where he will spend the night," the statement said.

The Spanish king -- who is widely respected for leading his people to democracy after decades of dictatorship and foiling an armed coup plot in 1981 -- faced unusually strong criticism when it emerged he went on the expensive hunting trip while his country suffers from a recession.

The trip came to light because the king broke his hip in Botswana and was rushed home for surgery on April 14, during which he received a hip replacement.