Arroyo in St. Luke's for 2-day check-up

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2015 11:49 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2015 05:17 AM

MANILA - Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is now at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City for a two-day medical check-up.

Arroyo is set to undergo tests to diagnose the persistent pain in her left arm and shoulder, according to her lawyer Lorenzo Gadon.

"Madalas sumakit ang kanyang kaliwang braso at kamay pati yung balikat niya. Talagang persistent pain iyun. Several months na niyang nararamdaman iyun even before April pa of this year. Nitong bandang huli masyado nang nagiging matindi yung sakit. There are times nahihirapan siyang igalaw yung kaliwang kamay niya,'' said Arroyo's lawyer Larry Gadon.

''Sabi ng mga doktor kailangan siya pumailalim sa mga special tests. Although magagaling lahat mga duktor sa Veterans may mga equipment na kailangang gamitin para sa mga special test na gagawin kay GMA. Hanggang bukas siya in-allow na magstay dito sapagkat mga test na gagawin sa kanya ay hindi kaya ng ilang oras lang."

Arroyo was granted a two-day medical furlough from detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center by the Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan granted Arroyo's request for temporary relief to undergo various medical tests and examinations at SLMC from October 21 (to be admitted at 9 a.m.) to October 22 (to be discharged at 4 p.m.).

Dr. Martha Nucum, head of the medical team, and Dr. Antonio Sison, orthopedic spine consultant of the VMMC, has 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 involved nerve roots."

Arroyo is facing a plunder case over the alleged misuse of about P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) confidential and intelligence funds.

Arroyo is also suffering from various ailments after a cervical spine surgery in 2011.

Arroyo is now on her 2nd term as Pampanga 2nd district Representative. She will be running for her last term in the 2016 elections.

This is Arroyo's first public appearance since the death of her brother Arthur Macapagal where she had a chance to receive various personalities who condoled with her, including former President Joseph Estrada. Arthur Macapagal died in August 2015.

Meanwhile, Gadon said the Arroyo camp has yet to get a copy of the reported 30-day status quo ante order issued by the Supreme Court on her plunder trial.

Arroyo just recently won a favorable opinion from the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which said that her detention violates international law. International lawyer Amal Clooney represented Arroyo in that case.