ABS-CBNnews.com | 02/07/2013 1:40 PM
|Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde with President Aquino and DILG secretary Mar Roxas|
MANILA, Philippines – Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde underwent an operation on Thursday morning to remove an abnormal growth in her lungs.
According to entertainment website Pep.ph, Monteverde went under the knife around 7 a.m. Thursday at The Medical City in Pasig.
Prior to Monteverde’s operation, a Mass was held for her speedy recovery at the Imperial Palace Suites in Quezon City, which was attended by Monteverde’s friends in and out of showbiz.
In an interview with Pep.ph, Monteverde's daughter Meme said their family was really concerned after they learned that there’s a two-centimeter mass growth in her mother’s lungs.
Despite this, Meme said their entire family was able to hold on because Monteverde herself is handling the situation very well.
“She’s really a strong woman. She’s really amazing. So, kami, ako, I just let her be. Kung ayaw niyang magpahinga, I let her because I also don’t want to keep reminding her of her condition. In fact, kagabi, nag-e-exercise pa siya. I just let her,” she said.
“It’s a good thing naikuha ko na siya ng medical insurance two years ago. So it’s taken cared of. Hindi na kami ma-i-stress sa bagay na ’yon. And we can just all focus on taking care of her,” she added.
Meme said their family decided to just have Monteverde’s operation in the Philippines and they are all hoping for the best.
Meanwhile, Monteverde’s daughter Roselle thanked those who are continuously praying for their mother.
"We're so thankful to all our friends and relatives for their support and prayers. They stood by Mother during the time she was diagnosed. She felt so much love and care which made her really strong and hopeful,” Roselle said in a statement.
Roselle said they also appreciate the gesture of President Benigno Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas when they paid her mother a visit days ahead of her operation.
“Mother was so enlightened upon knowing of the President's visit. She couldn't believe it that a person so powerful will have time to visit her,” she said.