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TONGA KING IN L.A. FOR TUMOR SURGERY FOLLOW-UP Right kidney was surgically removed because of tumor

NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Oct. 10, 2011) – His Majesty King George Tupou V is currently in the United States for medical consultations in Los Angeles.

In August this year the king had a successful surgery at the Cedars-Sinal Medical Centre in Los Angeles that removed his right kidney, which was found to contain a significant tumor. He had made good recovery before returning to Tonga on September 10.

Suka 'Otukolo, the Deputy Secretary at the Palace office in Nuku'alofa said today that HM King George Tupou V left Tonga to return to the United States in the first week of October. He said the king was now in Los Angeles for his follow-up medical consultation, after initially visiting New York, and was expected to return to Tonga on October 31.

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