Doctor: Napoles may return to detention cell

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Monday, May 26, 2014

MANILA -- Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles is already in good condition and can be discharged from the hospital on Thursday, a doctor from the Ospital ng Makati (Osmak) said Monday.

Florentina Villanueva, obstetrician-gynecologist and head of Napoles' medical team, said Napoles’ vaginal bleeding has already subsided.

She said the businesswoman can now take a bath and sit and is responding well to medications and treatments.

Villanueva and Osmak Director Perry Ishmael Peralta testified before the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 on Monday to give recommendations regarding Napoles’ health status.

The Napoles camp insisted that the businesswoman is experiencing abnormal bleeding and the doctors should check her condition.

Napoles’ doctors from the St. Luke’s Medical Center also advised her stay in the hospital for seven to 10 non-bleeding days to ensure stable condition.

Napoles was supposed to be returned to her detention room in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last May 23 following last month's removal of her ovaries and uterus due to a cyst.

However, Judge Elmo Alameda, who is handling her serious illegal detention case, deferred the implementation of his order due to Napoles' condition.

Meanwhile, Peralta said he had been receiving reports that Napoles has been violating the hospital’s rules and regulations on visiting hours and number of visitors allowed per patient per day.

"She has a lot of friends, a lot of visitors even at night," the doctor said.

The Osmak director, however, admitted that he is not sure if Napoles was informed about the hospital’s visitation policies.

Peralta noted that the Osmak only allows two visitors per patient from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. every day. He said sanctions will be meted out on erring patients.

Napoles' lawyer, Stephen David, said that even his client had been complaining because "there were a lot of visitors" in her room.

Earlier, Villanueva said Napoles’ bleeding may be due to the stress caused by the influx of visitors. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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