I can post pics of rainier but I would say that all my prayers go to this Big man !
I hope the doctors can save him for he can see their last grandchildren grow up !
Last years I lost my grandfather? it's horrible So I imagine the sadness of all member of grimaldi family..... I pray for them and prince Rainier this marvellous man !:(
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MONACOS PRINCE RAINIER CLINGING TO LIFE: 59 minutes ago
MONACO - Prince Rainier was clinging to life Friday in an intensive care unit, with his doctors unable to say whether the 81-year-old ruler of Monaco would survive heart, kidney and breathing problems.
Rainier's health "remained worrying," three of his doctors said in a statement. "Because of the fragility of his cardiac, respiratory and kidney functions, the vital prognosis remains reserved."
The statement indicated that specialists were withholding a prognosis, meaning they are unsure he will recover.
Dr. Jean-Charles Piette, chief of internal medicine at La Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, was asked to examine Rainier, the statement said. He and other specialists decided the prince must continue his current course of treatment.
Piette examined Rainier on Thursday night, said palace spokesman Armand Deus.
Rainier was hospitalized more than two weeks ago with a chest infection. His health suddenly worsened on Tuesday, and he was brought to the intensive care unit of Monaco's seaside Cardio-Thoracic Center.
Boyan Christophorov, a professor of internal medicine at Paris V University, said the phrasing of Rainier's medical bulletin suggested that his doctors seriously fear for the prince's life. "The terms of these releases are carefully weighed. That the patient's vital prognostic is 'reserved' means that his life is seriously threatened," Christophorov told the Associated Press.
At a service Thursday evening at Monaco's Sainte Devote church, the Rev. Fabrice Gallo asked worshippers to pray for Rainier, and priests at Good Friday services in Monaco requested more prayers for Rainier, Deus said.
"Every hour we turn on the news, hoping to hear something positive," said Nathalie Ponsenard, a Monaco nursery school teacher. She pointed to the flag atop the hilltop royal palace.
"While it's still up, we know he's still alive," she said.
Some residents braced themselves for bad news.
"He's done so much for us, even for the young people," said Melanie Poisson, a 17-year-old high school student. "He's been prince for my whole life. It's hard to imagine Monaco without him."
The prince has been in and out of the hospital recently. He has a history of heart problems and has lately been plagued by recurring ailments linked to his respiratory tract. Doctors often use respirators, and dialysis machines, to lighten the workload of the body while it heals from an infection. However, respiratory infections in the elderly can be deadly.
The prince, who assumed the throne in 1949, is beloved in Monaco for having transformed a Mediterranean state smaller than New York's Central Park into a modern and elegant enclave for the rich. Rainier's movie-star wife, Grace Kelly, died in a car crash in 1982.
Rainier's heir, Crown Prince Albert, 47, and his two daughters, Princess Caroline, 48, and Princess Stephanie, 40, have been at his bedside since he was taken to intensive care.
Monaco changed its succession law in 2002 so that Albert can assume the throne even though he is unmarried with no children and has no descendants. Under the revised law, power eventually could be passed from Albert to his siblings, who both have children.
this is so sad.. esp since this is being play out in the view of the whole world. i cant image losing my dad- it was hard enough to lose my mom. my heart goes out to them and hope they will be even more close to one another
that´s really bad. I´m worried for him too:(
Thanks for the info monaco 70s.
thanks for the pics for everyone, he is a loving father and grandpa. Michelle this pic is my favourite too. I think that he has a special relationship with Stefanie, they are always togheder. Thanks for all the info for everyone
Great avatars, I love them ghostly11 and I also like the candle avatar, (or "hope avatar"), My prays go to him and for his family. I hope he don´t suffer.
Sorry for everyone who lost someone they love . Last year my best friend lost his father and it´s was really sad.
Monaco — Prince Rainier's doctors said Friday they were unable to say whether the 81-year-old ruler of Monaco would recover from the heart, lung and kidney problems that put him in intensive care.
Prince Rainier remained hooked up to a respirator and his state of health "remained worrying," the statement said. Prince Rainier was suffering heart and kidney failure.
The statement, signed by three doctors, said the prognosis was "reserved," French medical terminology indicating that specialists are unsure whether someone will recover.
Dr. Jean-Charles Piette, the chief of internal medicine at the La Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, was called to Monaco to see Prince Rainier. He and other specialists decided that the Prince must remain in the clinic for treatment.
Prince Rainier was hospitalized more than two weeks ago with a chest infection. His health suddenly worsened on Tuesday, and he was brought to the intensive care unit of Monaco's seaside Cardio-Thoracic Center. The Prince, who assumed the throne in 1949, is beloved in Monaco for having transformed a Mediterranean state smaller than New York's Central Park into a modern and elegant enclave for the rich. Prince Rainier's movie-star wife, Grace Kelly, died in a car crash in 1982.
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