Napoles recovering after operation - doctors

Posted at 04/23/14 12:06 PM

Napoles’ uterus and two ovaries removed

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - After spilling the beans on those supposedly involved in the pork barrel scam, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles finally underwent surgery on Wednesday for a tumor in her uterus.

In a press conference, Dr. Efren Domingo, an obstetrician-gynecologist and gynecologist-oncologist, said the surgical team conducted in 2 hours the total hysterectomy where Napoles’ uterus and two ovaries were removed.

After the operation ended at 10 a.m., Napoles was transferred to a recovery room where she is expected to stay from 6 to 12 hours.

“The operation was uneventful… She is now recovering. She is awake. She is coherent and her vital signs are stable. We are happy with the outcome,” said Domingo, who holds a residency status in St. Luke’s but had to be tapped at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) for Napoles’ surgery.

Domingo said Napoles was suffering from “severe adenomyosis of the uterus with multiple adenomyoma.”

He explained this was a tumor causing “blood lakes” that could have been “life-threatening.”

“It developed for several months to almost years, such that it became fast and led to profuse hemorrhage and pains over the past 6 months,” he said.

The hemorrhage in the last 6 months caused anemia and “loss of consciousness” and was clearly life-threatening, he said.

A biopsy done on April 8 also showed that the tumor was
"pre-cancerous" or becoming malignant, he said.

“It was not cancerous… but it was transitioning from benign to malignant," he said.

He said a patient who undergoes total hysterectomy usually recovers in a week, but the next 3 to 4 weeks of check-ups are important.

He said the entire Napoles medical team – composed of experts from both St. Luke’s and OsMak – will only “sign out” of the case “if she has completely recovered and is back to her normal lifestyle.”

He said Napoles' recovery is forthcoming.

Domingo said they decided to proceed with the surgery after Napoles’ blood sugar levels were stabilized.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday Napoles postponed her operation until after their meeting, which started Monday at 10 p.m. and ended at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

During their meeting, De Lima said Napoles spilled the beans on those involved in the pork barrel scam, one of the worst corruption scandals in Philippine history.

She said Napoles confirmed the participation of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

An ABS-CBN News source said at least 19 other senators will be linked by Napoles to pork barrel kickbacks. Another source said the list is down to 13 names.

Napoles' lawyer, Bruce Rivera, however, denied that his client named 19 senators, calling it misinformation.

De Lima on Tuesday neither confirmed nor denied there were 19 senators tagged, but said Napoles' list contained “a lot of details” which the whistleblowers did not disclose.

She said she could not give any more information, based on her agreement with Napoles and her lawyer.

She also said Napoles also showed documentary evidence.