GMA chokes on melon

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2012 02:15 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2012 06:55 AM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been diagnosed with acute cervical and lumbar strain.

A medical report from Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) also said her blood pressure is at 130/90. The bulletin was signed by Martha O. Nucum, the admitting physician. Antonio Sison was listed as her attending physician.

Arroyo was rushed to the VMMC last night after complaining of pain.

Her chief of staff and spokesperson Elena bautista Horn earlier said: “Complete bed rest muna sya. Nasobrahan ata sa trabaho at na strain ang neck sa effort to get out the melon that choked her.”

The melon was mixed with a piece of meat.

Arroyo plunged immediately back to work in her district in Pampanga after she was released on bail from her electoral sabotage charge.

Arroyo's congressional office released Friday the medical bulletin of the VMMC.

GMA's condition not serious

Mrs. Arroyo will have to be confined at the VMMC for several days after suffering from cervical and lumbar arthritis or spongolitis.

Dra. Nona de la Fuente Legaspi, director of the VMMC, said that the former President is on a soft diet and is on IV fluid.

At around 9:30 p.m. Thursday,  she was rushed to the VMMC after vomiting several times after she choked during her dinner. 

Legaspi said that the former President has been prescribed pain killers for her back and neck pains. 

Doctors also advised her to slow down and have complete bed rest. 

Legaspi also said that the pain the former President is feeling could be due to her hectic schedule. 

She said that Arroyo's condition is not serious, but that she needs to slow down on her activities. 

Legaspi also said that Arroyo's condition will be assessed everyday but she believes the former President will have to stay in the hospital over the weekend. -- with a report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News