The family of King Tuheitia is expressing his sincere gratitude to the hundreds and thousands of well-wishers who spared a thought for him and his son Korotangi who underwent surgery at Auckland Hospital yesterday. The seventh Māori monarch and his middle child are both recovering from a kidney transplant operation. The King's private secretary, Te Rangihīroa Whakaruru spoke with Piripi Taylor over the phone this afternoon about their progress.
It's too soon to comment on how King Tuheitia's health will be in the days to come, the important thing at this stage is that the kidney transplant has been done.
“Korotangi has been released back to the ward and he is recovering quite well. He’s quite happy and jovial at the moment. King Tuheitia on the other hand, he’ll be back in the ward sometime today. Confidence is high in his recovery,” says Mr Whakaruru.
The procedure took about three hours after the kidney was removed from his son Korotangi yesterday morning. But it's still a time to be cautious.
“We’re in the 24-48hour risk period. The biggest risk is kidney rejection. He’ll now go through recovery. The focus will be on how well his compatibility is and hopefully the risk of rejection is lowered. We’ve been advised this will get better with ongoing medication and treatment.”
The royal family is confident with the doctors' working hard.
“The care that has been afforded to him is second to none in the world. They’re paying due respect to who he is. So they’re double checking and triple checking.”
They are also optimistic under the guidance of the Kāhui Wairua and the positive messages from around the country.
“It’s unbelievable the amount of people that we’re getting messages from and I just want to say thank you to everybody.”
It's support strong like the flow of the Waikato River.