MANILA (UPDATED) – Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has been experiencing bleeding and may need to stay longer in the hospital, her lawyer confirmed Wednesday.
Lawyer Bruce Rivera said Napoles' doctors visited her yesterday afternoon for a final check-up when they discovered that she has been bleeding.
"They were asking her - how many days was she bleeding? And she said three days. They asked her why she did not report it and she thought it was normal. The doctors told her that it’s not normal for her to be bleeding because she does not have a uterus anymore," he said in an ANC interview.
Rivera said Napoles' doctors immediately placed her on complete bed rest.
"She's not allowed to go to the comfort room. She has to urinate on a bed pan. She's not allowed to stand until they have discovered what’s the cause of the bleeding… Dumudugo siya. But the doctors said it's not supposed to happen," he said.
In a separate interview, Napoles' chief physician, Dr. Efren Domingo, said the bleeding has been ongoing since May 17.
"May 17, Saturday, she started vaginal spotting, red blood and then May 18, it went on and became more profuse on Monday. She was referred to me Monday and I gave orders already in the chart," he said.
Domingo said the bleeding may be caused by a wound breakdown in the vaginal wall, which is a cause for serious concern.
He also pointed out that Napoles' diabetes has caused her to heal much more slowly.
"The patient has to be managed to avoid further aggravation of bleeding and that would entail a complete bed rest and intravenous medication to control the bleeding. I also started her on antibiotics. This is a hospital-based management and it is also preventive of further hemorrhage which may require us to inspect under anesthesia the bleeding side which is the vaginal dome," he said.
Domingo said Napoles has to be on complete bed rest for at least one week once the bleeding stops.
He added that he already filed a medical report last night and it will be submitted to the court today.
Rivera said businesswoman's current condition is unfortunate because it might raise suspicions about its timing. He, however, noted that the bleeding is not something that can be fabricated.
"We would not have wanted it this way. In fact, that's the reason why we had a hesitation… we were supposed to keep quiet and just go back to Fort Sto. Domingo but the doctors were quite hesitant and I think Ospital ng Makati doctors have also noted that," he said.
He said their camp will be filing an urgent motion for Napoles to extend her stay at the Ospital ng Makati.
Napoles was supposed to be transferred back to Fort Santo Domingo Friday morning.