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Prince Mikasa experiences serious heart trouble and will undergo surgey

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, experienced congestive heart failure Saturday at a hospital in Tokyo and was moved to the intensive care unit, where he remained conscious but largely unresponsive, the Imperial Household Agency said early Sunday.

The 96-year-old prince, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, has been hospitalized at St. Luke’s International Hospital, the agency said.

The prince is known to have a preexisting condition known as mitral valve insufficiency, where valves of his heart do not close completely and cause backflow of blood, and his heart functions deteriorated Saturday evening, the agency said.

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