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Doctors say Spain's King Juan Carlos recovering from surgery to remove benign tumor

MADRID (AP) — Doctors say Spain's King Juan Carlos is recovering well from surgery during which a benign tumor was removed from his right lung.

Hospital Clinic in Barcelona says the 72-year-old monarch's recovery from Saturday's operation is proceeding in a "totally satisfactory" way.

A statement issued Sunday night says the king got out of bed for a while and walked for a few minutes earlier in the day.

Crown Prince Felipe visited his father Sunday and quoted him as saying: "As you can see, here I am, in one piece and in good shape."

The king has a history of heavy smoking, but the Royal Palace will not say if he has stopped.

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