The King had always worked hard during his reign, including during his treatment at Siriraj Hospital, said Prof Dr Teerawat Kulthanant, the former chief of royal doctors.
The monarch had first been treated for heart disease and later suffered back pain.
Dr Teerawat said as a former chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the hospital, he had witnessed first-hand the King’s great patience during the courses of treatment which involved orthopaedic surgery.
Later, the King was treated for a lung infection and excessive cerebrospinal fluid.
King Bhumibol always followed doctors’ advice so he recovered quickly. Once well, he followed reports about people’s hardships through various media, Dr Teerawat said.
After breakfast, the King usually worked in his office at the hospital where he had views of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace and people, Dr Teerawat said.
The late King stayed on the 16th floor of the Chalerm Phrakiat Building at Siriraj, where he had been treated for the last two years.
The King had been kind to people of all walks of life. He had once told a group of doctors that they should be humble and refrain from looking down on others, because all people had their own good side, Dr Teerawat said.
The doctor yesterday joined staff of Siriraj Hospital in paying tribute to the late King and vowing to follow his guidelines.
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