After fall, a prosthetic hip for Spanish king

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  • King Juan Carlos suffered a fall in Botswana
  • Upon arriving in Madrid, he went to the hospital
  • Doctors implanted a prosthetic hip, the Royal Household says
Spanish King Juan Carlos underwent hip replacement surgery in Madrid Saturday morning following an accidental fall abroad, according to the Royal Household.
The 74-year-old king was hospitalized Friday night upon his arrival in Madrid from Botswana, where he suffered an accidental fall, the Royal Household said in a statement.
He had suffered a fracture on three fragments of his right hip, associated with osteoporosis, the statement said.
Surgeons reconstructed the damaged area by inserting a prosthetic hip, the statement said.
The Royal Household will release more details later.