After stem cell therapy, Arroyo thanks supporters

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2012 09:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2012 06:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo thanked the public for their support as she undergoes medical treatment to address complications from a dislodged titanium implant along her cervical spine.

“Hi everyone. Thank you for your support,” Arroyo posted on her official Twitter account on Tuesday.

Arroyo also expressed her appreciation for the government doctors for allowing her to seek alternative medical care to address complications from her ailment.

Replying to reporters’ queries on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Arroyo described the stem cell procedure she took on Monday.

“Procedure was not only intravenous injection of the stem cell material but also other naturalist treatment therapies. It has to be done under very hygienic conditions,” she said.

Arroyo said that after her stem cell treatment, she proceeded to her therapy at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

“Then I proceeded to my 3x weekly physical therapy at Veterans. I'm glad my Veterans' attending physicians recognize my right to seek alternative treatment and don't consider it in conflict with the conventional treatment they're giving me.”

In earlier “tweets” on Sunday, Arroyo explained to netizens that her stem cell therapy is “not meant to address the mechanical problem directly but rather to regenerate the cells that start getting lost when one reaches the age of 40. So hopefully if the cells of the muscular system regenerate, my epiglottis can become stronger and do its job better of closing my airway when I swallow and opening it again when I'm done swallowing. That way hopefully my choking on my food will lessen.”

Arroyo herself announced her stem cell therapy on Saturday, also on Twitter.

“This Monday I will have my 4th stem cell intravenous treatment with my alternative medicine doctor. It's cultured stem cell and much more modest in price than the one coming from sheep or one's own body,” she earlier said.

Arroyo’s attending physician Roberto Anastacio previously said Arroyo risked sudden death from complications from the dislodged titanium implant.