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PIA Press Release
2007/04/14

FG out of critical period but recovery slows down - Dr. Cervantes

Manila (14 April) -- First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo is now out of the "critical period" and continues to recover three days after a 10-hour open heart surgery for aneurysm and a three-vessel bypass at St. Luke’s Medical Center last Monday night but the recovery "has slowed down."

This was the highlight of the latest medical bulletin on Atty. Arroyo’s condition which was read before members of the media by his main attending physician, Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, at 11:15 a.m. today.

"There is slowing down because we still have to maintain him on the ventilator because we still have to take out more water (from the FG)," Dr. Cervantes said.

She said the First Gentleman’s heart "is doing well" so as the other vital organs except for the kidneys.

"He is off the critical period but his condition is being closely guarded since everything is very dynamic at this time," Dr. Cervantes added.

She said President Arroyo’s husband would remain attached to the ventilator as he is still undergoing dialysis but one of the five tubes attached to the First Gentleman may be "mobilized" today or tomorrow.

Dr. Cervantes said they are "on the lookout for a possibility of an ‘occult infection’," which she said is possible in this kind of operation but is not yet established in the First Gentleman’s condition.

According to her, the doctors had given Atty. Arroyo "prophelaxis treatment and bedside rehabilitation" and antibiotics as precautionary measure in case there is indeed infection.

"Everything is negative yet but we will not allow it to develop," Cervantes explained.

The First Gentleman remains at the Cardiovascular Recovery Room of the St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Atty. Arroyo passed yesterday morning the critical 48-hour period after undergoing the knife for what medical experts described as a "very, very risky" medical procedure.

Earlier, the First Gentleman was rushed to the St. Louis Hospital in Baguio City on Easter Sunday night and was diagnosed to be suffering from acute gastritis. He was released Monday morning and was flown to Manila and eventually admitted at St. Luke’s Medical Center where he was diagnosed with a dissecting aortic aneurysm. (PIA) [top]

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