Arroyo in stable condition - doctor

Posted at 09/03/13 5:04 PM

MANILA - Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Director Dr. Nona Legaspi said former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remains in stable condition, but may need new therapy.

She said Arroyo continues to complain of neck pains.

While the current therapy helps ease the pain, it does not help in the long term.

Two medical experts earlier said Arroyo’s health is continuously deteriorating.

Antonio Sison of the VMMC Department of Orthopedics said Arroyo, who underwent three major cervical spine operations in October 2011, continues to complain of cervical and lower back pain, which are relieved temporarily by medicine and physiotherapy “but with no actual significant clinical improvement.”

“Also, she has recurrent dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing solid food due to esophageal stenosis, which contributes to her poor appetite and weight loss,” he said in a report on Arroyo’s medical condition dated July 29, 2013.

Sison said it is not healthy to keep a patient in continued confinement at a medical facility for over a year because this may only slow down the healing process and hinder full recovery due to restricted movement and access to related modes of treatment. – with reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News; and The Philippine Star