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Gigi Reyes brought to Heart Center

Posted at | Updated as of 07/12/14 8:02 PM

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MANILA (UPDATED) - Lawyer Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, one of the accused in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, was brought to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City on Friday night.

Reyes experienced chest pains and had difficulty breathing, said Dr. Prudencio Sta. Lucia, medical director of the Taguig Pateros District Hospital.

Reyes underwent ECG and other tests at the Taguig hospital but there was a need to bring her to the Heart Center for more thorough evaluation, according to Sta. Lucia.

Her brother, Patrick Gonzales, believes that Reyes can get better treatment at the Heart Center.

"My sister, Gigi Reyes who is currently suffering from severe chest pain and difficulty in breathing is being transferred to the
Heart Center where her condition can be better monitored," he said in a text message to media Friday.

"Having witnessed first hand the seizures, we thank the BJMP for their compassion and understanding. We also thank the doctors and medical staff of Taguig Hospital for attending to my sister with care. Thank you," he added.

Reyes' lawyers earlier filed a motion before the anti-graft court asking for her transfer to either the Heart Center or the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila.

The Reyes camp also asked the Sandiganbayan Third Division to allow her to stay at the Taguig Pateros District Hospital until a ruling is issued.

Lawyer Anacleto Diaz told the court that Reyes became agitated at the isolation room of Camp Bagong Diwa after learning that she could be mingling with female members of the New People's Army in the jail.

He said Reyes felt threatened by the NPA "amazons" since the rebel group is allegedly very angry with her former boss, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Reyes is the former chief of staff of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile. Both are accused of pocketing millions of pesos in pork barrel kickbacks.

Reyes was rushed to the hospital early Thursday after suffering an anxiety attack while detained at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Sta. Lucia earlier said Reyes became hysterical and her blood pressure shot up, prompting her relatives to bring her to hospital.

The hospital also issued Friday a clinical abstract recommending that Reyes be transferred to a tertiary hospital capable of evaluating her cardiac condition and assessing her neurologic status.

"It is in our expert opinion that Mrs. Reyes is not fit to travel at this time...Further evaluation is necessary to rule out the possibility of an underlying cardiac and neurologic pathology," it said.

In the abstract, Reyes, 51, is described as having been previously diagnosed with anxiety disorder, cerebral infarct with seizure disorder and Bell's Palsy.

"She complained of persistent palpitations accompanied by lightheadedness and syncopal attack one hour prior to Emergency Room admission. At the ER, she was incoherent and agitated with notable rigidity of the extremities," it said.

The abstract also noted that upon admission, Reyes was "lethargic and drowsy with complains of headache and myalgias." - with reports from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM; Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News