Surgeon lauds “remarkable” recovery of King Juan Carlos

Monarch took part in military event at weekend

The king's recovery from a double intervertebral hernia operation "could not be going better," the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure three months ago has said. Manuel de la Torre had estimated in March that the monarch's recuperation would be a matter of "two to six months."

"We are extremely pleased with the remarkable development he is displaying," said De La Torre on Sunday. King Juan Carlos officiated at Armed Forces Day on Saturday after a period of rehabilitation that involved six kilometers of walking per week and four hours of exercise per day. However, the monarch will still require crutches for now.

"We don't want to place his recuperation at risk due to a fall or esthetics," said De La Torre, who added he had to rein the king in "to stop him doing more."

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