November 22nd, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Saudi king on way to U.S. for blood clot treatment

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah left Monday for the United States for treatment of a herniated spinal disc and a blood clot that is causing him back pain, state media said.

The monarch's departure had been anticipated.

"The medical team recommended that that he leaves to the U.S. to visit a spine-specialized medical center in order to complete medical examinations and for follow-up treatment," Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah said during an interview Sunday with Saudi state television. "But I assure everyone that he is in a stable condition, and that he is enjoying health and well-being, and God willing, he will be back safe and sound to lead this proud nation."


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  1. Charles

    He's coming here because American Health Care is supposedly like 12 or 13th best in the world right. Let the liberal media tell you what you want, but when you get down to brass tacks, simply look at people's actions. They come to the US for health care because it's the best in the world bar-none!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. duke

    He's coming here so his american brother(bush)can sit by his bedside after this terrible ordeal!!
    Brother BiBi will be there holding prayer also!!
    And sister SS Sarah,will be there serving her world famous Moose head stew!!
    I heard cousin Osama was thinking about stopping by!!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Name*Dewey

    TSA going to touch his junk??

    November 22, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. K jacktown michigan

    general why dont you go fuk a little boy or something you arab as.s sucking jew!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil @ Charles

    If our healthcare is so good, why the push to overhaul it? Unless by "good" you mean the healthcare system that peddals the most dangerous drugs by volume.The American people spend more on medications than they do on national defense. More does not make "good".

    November 22, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. CNN...update 9/11 Victim's lawsuits pls

    With this House of Saud member coming to America, now would be the perfect time for one of CNN's "Just-In's" about the plight of these individuals seeking justice, NOT money. (you may recall most of the 9/11 victim's families accepted the governments cash offer to drop their names from these lawsuits) We just read about the first responders who reached a settlement in their case. Now let's hear about the real victims and their families.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard in Texas

    Charles, Liberals know that we have the best doctors and facilities in the world. We just want to make it accessable to everyone and still made sure that everyone pays at least a small amount into the system. I hope the King has good insurance because if he does not it will take a kings pocket pocket book to pay for it.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Bad is on welfare

    He/she sits at home all day in front of his old 28k pc pecking away at a crusty old keyboard. He/she is what's wrong with America today. (on the civilian side)

    November 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ahmed Alibra

    King Abdullah has demonstrated to Muslims & Arabs & the world over the virtues of pragmatism. He opened dialogue with the East and West. We all know that those in the East or West who harbor animosity toward Islam will not change, but King Abdullah’s steps on the world stage have run them out of excuses. As Saudis, Our heart swells with pride whenever we see his smiling picture. We are praying for him. May Allah keep him well. We need his leadership.
    King Abdullah’s position of respect among the whole world extends to nation’s leadership, as well, He means well for the World. Whenever there is a political crisis, we always look up to our king to resolve it. We take pride in the fact that King Abdullah is as loved and respected all over the world. Long live King Abdullah, this is not without reason, he is known as the King of Humanity. May God bless him. May he lead us and the Muslim world for many years to come. Amen Amen Amen

    November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rosy dahodi

    America and Obama administration should not count on old Saudi kings and their corrupted sons, who are making mockery of Islam and Muslims around the Globe. Moment the old king dies, America should ask for a regime change in Saudi Arabia using full fledged democracy nothing less. Let any group who gets more seats rule the nation. It will be a great opening for democracy and freedom not only in Saudi Arabia but all around the middle-east. Bush-Cheney had fooled the world attacking Iraq and killings thousands but Obama can do it sacrificing nothing. It is a golden opportunity and we must take it.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CaptainObvious

    After the clot gets removed he's going to buy a new Armani suit, gamble in Vegas and choke an escort for trying to steal his 8 ball. If there are any Saudi citizens reading this please know the people who impose strict islamic law upon you. They are bigger frauds than our leaders. You must abstain upon penalty of death while they indulge freely among the "western enemies of islam".

    November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WuTang

    What the blood clot?

    November 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |