Napoles to spend at least 1 month in hospital

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

ALLEGED pork barrel scam queen Janet Napoles may stay in Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) for at least one month after her surgical treatment for her uterine myoma this weekend, a hospital official said Wednesday.

OsMak director Dr. Perry Peralta said that barring any complications and co-morbidity, the standard treatment for the alleged architect of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam should be 26 days depending on how fast Napoles can recover from the surgery.

On Monday, Napoles was brought to the OsMak from the Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna where she has been detained after the court has allowed her to undergo operation and hospital confinement last March 28.

Napoles has been detained in Laguna since last year for the illegal detention of former associate Benhur Luy, the main whistleblower in the alleged pork barrel mess.

Before the surgery, Napoles on the first and second day of her hospitalization underwent several tests such as X-ray, Electrocardiography (ECG), two-dimensional echocardiogram (2D- echo) and blood testing, which according to Peralta is necessary to determine the treatment and diagnostics needed to lower down the risk of the surgery.

Peralta said after the examinations, they will collate the results to determine the schedule of her operation and what surgery Napoles should undergo.

"We are not only looking sa kanyang problema sa reproductive organ. Meron kaming gagawin, base on the initial plan that we intend to do, may isa pa kaming procedure na gagawin before the actual procedure," he said.

However, Peralta said they cannot divulge information such as the result of the tests and the procedure they will conduct before the surgery to the public due to the "patient-doctor confidentiality."

On February 26, Napoles underwent check-up at the Philippine National Police General Hospital (PNP- GH) after complaining massive abdominal pain and menstrual bleeding.

After the check-up, PNP-GH doctors said they found out that there is a mass in Napoles' uterus but her condition was "not life threatening."

Almost a month after her check-up with the PNP-GH doctors, on March 21, Napoles together with her legal counsel went to the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) to personally file a motion to allow her undergo surgery and hospitalization for the same reason.

On March 28, the Makati court finally approved her petition in a condition that it will be done in a government hospital.

It was included in the petition that Napoles wanted her private doctors from the St. Luke's Medical Center to attend to her medical needs and conduct the surgery.

On April 2, the Makati court authorized Napoles' private doctors Elsie Badillo- Pascua, Leo Aquizilan, Nick Cruz, Efren Domingo, Michael Lim-Villa, a pulmonologist and an anesthesiologist, to "attend to, perform and administer the medical needs, procedure and treatment" on the alleged pork barrel scam queen.

Napoles' choice of doctors is non-affiliated to the state-run OsMak.

However, Peralta said they are willing to let Napoles' physicians take part in her treatment but they should follow the standard care of a patient, follow the rules, regulations and policies of the Makati hospital, or else, the privilege given to them will be revoked.

Also, Peralta said the OsMak will designate a representative in the medical team who will participate in the management of the patient and will have access on the accused medical records.

Napoles, according to Peralta, is staying in a single occupancy room with a bed and a private toilet and bath.

The OsMak official said they are treating Napoles and will bill her just like how it is to their other patients.

"No VIP treatment," he said.

Napoles is being taken care of by the nurses who are also catering other patients in the same floor. OsMak has three nurses per duty in each floor.

Peralta said they cannot speculate on how much Napoles' hospital bill would be at the end of the treatment because they are not certain on what else could happen to her during her stay in the hospital. (Sunnex)

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