March 27, 2005

Health of Monaco's Prince Rainier Deteriorates

MONACO - The health of Monaco's Prince Rainier, who has been put in intensive care in the Mediterranean principality, is continuing to deteriorate and doctors cannot vouch for his survival, his palace said in a statement.

The 81-year-old prince, widower of film icon Grace Kelly, has been suffering from a lung infection complicated by cardiac and kidney problems.

"Despite the most appropriate treatment, and having controlled his bronchial-lung infection, the functioning of his heart, lungs and kidneys is progressively deteriorating," the palace said in a medical bulletin.

It added that doctors were extremely cautious about whether he would live.

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