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Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau
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His Royal Highness Friso Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Count of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg; born 25 September 1968) is the second son of Queen Beatrix and the late Prince Claus of the Netherlands. Prince Friso is a member of the Dutch Royal Family, but because of his marriage in 2004 he is no longer a member of the Dutch Royal House nor in line of succession to the Dutch throne. He is still in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms.
On 17 February 2012, Prince Friso was buried under an avalanche in Lech, Austria, while skiing off piste. He was taken to a hospital in Innsbruck where he was in critical but stable condition. According to his doctor, Dr. Wolfgang Koller, even though he was trapped for a relatively short time and hopes had originally been higher, subsequent neurological tests showed that after fifty minutes of reanimation in moderate hypothermia he suffered massive brain damage due to oxygen shortage. It remains unclear whether he will ever regain consciousness and come out of his deeply comatose state, and even if he does, he could still be in a (perhaps permanent) vegetative state.
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