Doctors remove uterus, ovaries of Napoles

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- A mass weighing 650 grams, uterus, and two ovaries were removed Wednesday from the reproductive system of Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Napoles, who has been in the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) for more than three weeks, underwent surgery on Wednesday.

The operation started at 8:15 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m., officials said.

Napoles underwent several laboratory tests such as blood testing, biopsy, X-ray, electrocardiography (ECG), and two-dimensional echocardiogram (2D-echo) before undergoing operation.

Doctors considered Napoles' existing medical complications, which include diabetes and hypertension, before the surgical procedure.

The operation was performed by four doctors from the St. Luke's Medical Center, three anesthesiologists, and three ob-gynecologists from the OsMak.

In a media briefing Wednesday, Dr. Efren Domingo, one of the surgeons from St. Luke's Medical Center who conducted the surgery, said Napoles is currently in the recovery room with stable vital signs.

"'Yung mass na natanggal was considered as pre-cancerous, meaning there is a possibility na pag hindi iyon tinanggal ay magiging cancer ito," Domingo said.

Napoles is expected to remain in the hospital for another week for recovery and three to four more weeks for follow-up check-ups.

Domingo said the operation was "generally successful." (Sunnex)

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