Arroyo asks Sandiganbayan for 2-day medical leave

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2015 03:57 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2015 11:57 PM

MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Thursday morning filed a motion for medical leave before the Sandiganbayan First Division.

Arroyo is asking for temporary relief to undergo various medical tests and examinations at St. Luke's Medical Center-Quezon City from October 21 (to be admitted at 9 a.m.) to October 22 (to be discharged at 4 p.m.).

As stated in the motion, Dr. Martha Nucum, head of the medical team, and Dr. Antonio Sison, Orthopedic Spine Consultant, of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), last October 1 recommended an Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity (EMG-NCV) test for Arroyo.

Sison suspects that Arroyo's numbness and weak grip in her left hand may be due to her previous cervical spine problem. Thus, the doctors recommended Arroyo to repeat the EMG-NCV "to localize the involve nerve roots."

The doctors also recommended additional medical tests for Arroyo, considering her medical history:

Positro Emission Tomography (PET Scan)
Tumor Markers-Alpha Feto Protein for liver cancer
CEA CA 15-3 for breast cancer
19-9 for the pancreas
CA 125 Calcitonin for medullary thyroid cancer

Arroyo is requesting to be confined at St. Luke's Medical Center for two days because the said tests and laboratory examinations are not available in VMMC.

The anti-graft court is set to hear the motion on October 15.

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