GMA needs to stay in VMMC: doctor

Posted at 10/05/12 3:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is suffering dehydration and numbness of the hands and may need to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days, according to a medical bulletin from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).

VMMC Director Nona Legaspi said Mrs. Arroyo was admitted to the hospital at 7 a.m. Thursday after complaining of generalized body weakness, persistent pain on the left shoulder, numbness of both hands and frequent episodes of choking.

She said the admitting diagnosis is dehydration secondary to poor oral intake and cervical spondylosis.

Mrs. Arroyo was placed under arrest yesterday due to a pending plunder case filed before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.

Because of her condition, police said they will allow Mrs. Arroyo to stay at the hospital until she is fit to be moved. Legaspi said the VMMC will follow the anti-graft court if it orders the transfer of Mrs. Arroyo.

"We ordered blood exams to determine if she has electrolyte imbalance. We requested cervical x-ray and we plan to do an EMG with nerve conduction velocity," Arroyo's attending physician said.