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November 30, 2010

While relatives visit Roch., Saudi King takes up NYC hospital wing

Here's some more info on the King of Saudi Arabia and his medical treatment in the U.S.

Some of his family members are currently in Rochester, presumably for their own care at Mayo Clinic, as I I've previously reported. Vacationing in Minnesota in late November would seem like an unconventional choice for Saudi royalty.

However, the king flew off to New York City at the same time as his royal family members flew in here.

Here's some from a New York Post article today about the king and his time in the Big Apple. Thanks for pointing this out, Ed.

King Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is causing his own diplomatic drama at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the 86 year-old monarch has commandeered an entire wing as he recovers from back surgery on the VIP floor.

King Abdullah -- who repeatedly exhorted the US to "cut the head off the snake" by launching military strikes to destroy Iran's nuclear program, according to leaked diplomatic cables -- has forced other patients out by block-booking the hospital's top treatment and recovery rooms.

A family member of one patient told us, "The king has taken the entire luxury treatment wing and booked out all the rooms, even though they are empty and he doesn't need them, to protect his privacy.

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The king underwent surgery for a blood clot and a slipped disc last week.

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One law enforcement source told us that Abdullah -- who was visited in Saudi Arabia by four Cornell doctors who advised him he had to have the surgery in New York -- is a generous donor to the hospital and visited a month prior to his surgery.

Abdullah arrived in town on Monday of last week with an enormous entourage. He chartered three flights to JFK, arrived with a massive security team and a film crew, and left the airport in a convoy of 40 vehicles, including 20 for luggage alone.

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These two paragraphs do not make sense together:

"...has forced other patients out by block-booking the hospital's top treatment and recovery rooms.

A family member of one patient told us, "The king has taken the entire luxury treatment wing and booked out all the rooms, even though they are empty and he doesn't need them, to protect his privacy."

How can he have forced anyone out if the rooms are empty? And since when do hospitals have "luxury treatment wings"?

OB - I think the writer means the king booked the rooms, but he doesn't use them. Hence they are empty. Patients that were using them or would like to use them, cannot do that now.

And many hospitals have deluxe, VIP areas. Good revenue source, like box seats are at a sports stadium.

Jeff! Did Rochester/Mayo lose the King as a patient? The King is a big economic factor for Rochester. Not only his direct income but I am sure that people from that part of the world will follow the King's lead elsewhere?

Please let us know!

Lampe - Not sure 'lost' is correct term.

Prominent members of royal still coming here and spending quite a bit.

He flew U.S. doctors to him in Saudi Arabia and they urged him to come to NY for treatment.

Of course, that hospital is the one they work for. I'm sure if his condition would have been better treated here, then they would have told him to go Mayo, right?

Maybe the king doesn't like the media coverage he gets when he comes to Rochester?

Who knows?

If they don't like media coverage they should drive around Rochester in minivans instead of black Suburbans and Mercedes. Actually they would fit in wearing tablecloths and curtains for clothes.

The King has a habit of bouncing from medical center to medical center because he eventually determines that everyone is incompetent. He'll be back.

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