Napoles may stay in the hospital for at least a month

Posted at 04/03/14 2:02 PM

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Napoles may undergo surgery this weekend and may stay at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) for at least a month.

In a press conference, OsMak Medical Director Perry Ishmael Peralta said he has already told Napoles’ lawyers that they are willing to do the surgery “this coming weekend if we arrive at a consensus.”

The OsMak and two doctors from St. Luke’s have created a “Napoles team” after the Makati Regional Trial allowed the businesswoman to choose the doctors who will do her surgery.

Peralta said there are at least seven on the team, including two doctors still unnamed coming from St. Luke’s. On the OsMak side, the Napoles doctors include a cardiologist, endocrinologist, anesthesiologist, and “possibly” a gyn oncologist, and pathologist.

For now, Napoles’ vital signs have been declared stable. She has also not complained of any pains ever since she was admitted on Monday night.

The hospital usually has a “moving target” of 26 days for a patient to remain hospitalized, Peralta said. “But in medicine, we go day by day… We can’t give a static or permanent timeline. Patients respond to the same procedure differently.”

Peralta said they may finally meet with the doctors from St. Luke’s this afternoon.

“There will be a turnover or transfer of service. When the doctors come in to do the surgery, we would like to review the case after,” he said. He said OsMak doctors will be there every step of the way.

As a matter of policy, doctors from outside have limited privileges to practice in OsMak. Peralta said, however, there are special instances like the ruling of the court on the hospitalization of Napoles.

Asked who has already visited Napoles, Peralta said he does not know. He said the Philippine National Police may have adopted a list of visitors. Usually, however, OsMak allows visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday.