May 8th, 2010
04:18 AM ET

Growth removed from Spanish king's lung

[Updated at 8:33 a.m.] Doctors said they successfully removed a growth from the right lung of Spain's King Juan Carlos in surgery Saturday.

A biopsy revealed no malignant cells in the growth, doctors at University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, told reporters.

Doctors said the king was doing well and recovering after surgery.

[Updated at 4:48 a.m.] Spain's King Juan Carlos will have surgery to remove a growth from his right lung on Saturday, the royal palace confirmed.

The growth was spotted during an April 28 examination, according to the palace.

The 72-year-old king has held the throne for nearly 35 years. On Friday, he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who traveled to Europe to address the European Parliament earlier in the week.


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  1. Jason

    I agree with Alex.Franco handed power to Juan Carlos,and the Generalisimo was hardly cold when he declared democracy.A class act,all things concidered.Que viva el rey!

    May 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Quee Taiyang

    !Viva el Rey! I already loved King Juan Carlos for single-handedly preventing the Spanish ethic groups (Catalan, Castillan, Basque, Andalusian, Galician) from descending into civil war like Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia and elswehere in the world. And having the wisdom to help lead Spanish Parliament to grant autonomy to the regions to retain peace throughout the country was a brave and revolutionary thing to do – even by today's standards.

    And it was with a great pride and joy that I watched His Majesty do a verbal smack-down of Hugo Chavez (Venezuela's president) by asking him 'why don't you shut up?' after an uber-long diatribe of ranting and raving at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile.

    This is why Spaniards and most of us who call Spain home love and respect the King, and wish him well in every respect. He has led the country out of fascism and communism, through political and economic crises, through wars and bombings and through verbal assaults from napoleonic, short-statured dictators like Chavez, and we can always count on him to represent Spain with pride, dignity and an endless measure of Spanish poise – even when telling someone to shut up.

    God Bless You Your Highness, and may you recover swiftly and surely.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Caroline

    Viva el rey! Wonderful news. America loves Juan Carlos!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ADENIRAN

    May the King live long.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zemogj

    Dios lo bendiga !!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    God bless His Majesty. He is truly a hero for our times. May he have a speedy recovery.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carole Clarke

    May an American add her plaudits to those already offered for this good man? He knew he couldn't beat Franco when he was young so he waited him out – he is if nothing, a good sailor and knows how to use the forces of tides and wind. All along he knew what he would do so he smiled and waited and prepared himself. With his guidance Spain became a modern country and tho times are hard now, Spain will recover as the King recovers. He has somehow managed to do this without each ethnicity losing its specialness. He works no 9 to 5 job – this ruler is on duty 24/7/365 – that's how he pulled it off. There is no other way.
    Long years to rule for Juan Carlos and his partner Queen Sophia.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chad

    God Bless the King!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pavlos

    God Save the King!

    May 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Veritas

    Vive el rey! Yo pase unas meces en espana y me gusta mucho. El rey Juan Carlos I es un rey incredible y una persona incredible tambien. El ha hecho muchisimo para su pais y su gente en ayudandolos de transformar la espana desde una dictadura a una democracia. Vive su majestad!

    May 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adrian Rubello

    My late father knew Juan Carlos when he was a very young man during his exile in Switzerland, in World War II.According to my Dad, who was a very good judge of character ,Juan Carlos always showed to be an astounding human being,since then.
    Later in life , he proved it ,being a magnificent King , well loved by his countrymen and abroad.
    VIVA EL REY !

    May 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bw2004

    if this is the king from god wheres our bread and meat for christ alone is king the word of god said the government shall be on his shoulders not the head it also said those who try to rule over you will be your servants so i know god saves then you will be a king but this is not that kingship with a throne that last forever but jesus christ giveth that bread

    May 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. m. poropat

    I am an american retired here and living here in Spain with my Spanish wife . The king is a good man and spain is lucky to have this great Gentleman . In the states you hear about more the english royal family and not Spain . I belive the royals of Spain are a finer family then the british ? But that is only my opinion . God save the King of Spain .

    May 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    Best wishes for a speedy and total recovery for His Majesty.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony

    What is this? the middle ages? we live in a DEMOCRATIC society now, not a backwards, barbaric aristocrat dominated world...

    May 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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