Prince Philip discharged from hospital

2011-12-27 11:53

London – Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip left hospital today, four days after being rushed in for emergency heart surgery.

The outspoken 90-year-old prince, who missed the royal family’s Christmas celebrations, smiled and waved as he was driven away in a Range Rover vehicle from Papworth hospital near Cambridge, eastern England.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told AFP that Prince Philip would return to the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk “to join the queen and other members of the royal family”.

Philip was airlifted from Sandringham to Papworth hospital on Friday after complaining of chest pains.

He underwent an operation to unblock a coronary artery using a stent, a mesh sleeve fitted over a sausage-shaped balloon which is inserted into the artery and then inflated.

The stent remains fixed in position inside the body when the balloon is removed and opens up the artery to remove the blockage.

The prince was given a festive boost on Sunday with a Christmas Day visit from grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as four more of his eight grandchildren.

The queen herself visited her husband of 64 years at the hospital on Sunday after the royal family’s Christmas church service.

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