Gigi Reyes still won't eat at hospital

Posted at 07/11/14 10:18 AM

MANILA - The condition of lawyer Gigi Reyes, one of the accused in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam,  improved on the second day of her hospital stay, with some of the symptoms earlier claimed gone.

Her doctor at the Taguig Pateros District Hospital said Reyes no longer feels lightheaded. She is no longer feeling palpitations. Her back pain is also better.

However, Reyes still feels dizzy while walking and has no appetite.

Her right eyelid is also twitching.

Her doctor earlier said Reyes has a history of Bell's palsy, coronary artery disease and seizure attacks.

Reyes was rushed to a hospital in Taguig early Thursday after suffering an anxiety attack while detained at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Director Rodencio Sta. Lucia of Taguig Pateros District Hospital said Reyes became hysterical and her blood pressure shot up, prompting her relatives to bring her to hospital at around 1 a.m.

"Kinakabahan. Naninigas ang extremities ng kanyang kamay at paa at may suspetsa ang relatives na nag si-seizures daw si Atty. Reyes during that time so she was rushed to the emergency room. According to our physician, our diagnosis is more on anxiety disorder and hypertensive," he told reporters.

"If the blood pressure is high, it is possible to trigger any cardiovascular attack sa puso or mas grabe na sakit," he added.

Sta. Lucia said Reyes was diagnosed to have neurocirculatory asthenia and hypertension. Doctors are also monitoring the lawyer's vital signs after learning that Reyes has a history of dyspepsia, coronary artery disease, Bell's palsy and seizure attack.

He said Reyes also revealed that she has a history of lacunar infarct or silent strokes.

"Atty. Reyes also told me she had a previous lacunar infarct. May maliliit na infarction or parang sa brain niya she had mini strokes before. Pag ganun I don't know if she has completely recovered. We just base our evaluation on the clinical findings namin sa kanya," he added.

Reyes is the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile. Both are accused of pocketing millions of pesos in pork barrel kickbacks.