BANGKOK: The overall condition of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is "still unstable", the Royal Household Bureau announced Wednesday (Oct 12).
King Bhumibol's blood pressure has dropped, his pulse has quickened and his liver is not functioning normally, the palace said. A blood test also showed signs of infection.
The king is on a ventilator and continues to receive CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy) treatment, the statement added.
The acidity in his blood has increased as well, said the statement, and doctors are using antibiotics to reduce the level of acidity, as well as other medicine to control his blood pressure.
The palace statement follows one on Sunday in which it said the king was in unstable condition after receiving haemodialysis treatment, which is used to cleanse the blood of toxins, extra salts and fluids.
On Wednesday afternoon, around 300 people gathered at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, where the king has spent much of the past year, to pray for the widely revered monarch.
On the same day, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told AFP that the king's successor, his son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was returning to Thailand and would be meeting the military chief.
In Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck ordered special prayers at temples across the country for the Thai king.