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Rainier critically ill as Monaco prays.

HOOKED to a respirator, Prince Rainier of Monaco remained critically ill last night at a seaside clinic in the tiny Mediterranean enclave that he transformed into a glitzy resort for the rich.

Throughout Monaco, Rainier's subjects braced for what they feared could be the final days of a man many revere as a father figure.

The 81-year-old head of Europe's longest ruling royal family, was spending his third day in intensive care at a hospital with a view of his hilltop palace A medical bulletin from the royal palace described the ailing prince's condition as 'stable'.

The prince, whose film star wife Grace Kelly died in a 1982 car crash, was admitted to hospital more than two weeks ago with a chest infection. After a marked improvement, the prince's health suddenly worsened.

Rainier was transferred to the intensive care unit at Monaco's Cardio-Thoracic Centre on Tuesday after developing a sudden respiratory infection with cardiac and kidney failure

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2005
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