MADRID - Spain's King Juan Carlos, 81 and the father of the current head of state King Felipe VI, left hospital on Saturday one week after undergoing heart surgery, a regional head for the Hospital Quiron said.
"His Majesty the King Don Juan Carlos was discharged this morning, he is clinically stable the cardiological examination shows a normal cardiac rhythm," said Lucia Alonso, Quiron's regional head said.
Juan Carlos, who retained the title of emeritus King after his abdication in 2014, joked with journalists as he was taken away in a car outside the hospital on the outskirts of Madrid.
"It's as if a truck has passed over you but now once the truck has been removed new piping, phenomenal," he said with a smile on his face to journalists.
In May, Juan Carlos announced his decision to withdraw from public life, giving up his remaining institutional functions and appearances from June.