Arroyo to seek 2nd medical opinion abroad

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2016 08:59 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2016 09:30 AM

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2011, during and after her release from hospital arrest. ABS-CBN file photos.

MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s health suffered a lot during her nearly 4-year detention as she mulls medical treatment to seek a permanent solution.

”How shall I put it? I was better before detention than after detention to say the least,” she told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

Arroyo bared the state of her health after the initial check-ups she took after leaving detention.

“I have some new …you see, the doctors took really very good care of me but notwithstanding that, there are some new conditions that I am now suffering which I wasn't suffering before. Hypertension and the nerve deterioration, those 2 things are new conditions that were dormant that maybe got exacerbated,” she said.

Mugshots of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo taken by the PNP after her arrest in 2011 for an electoral sabotage case. File photo

Arroyo had surgeries to address a pinched nerve in her cervical spine. She also suffers from deterioration of her nerves.

Arroyo recalled how bad her medical condition was. “When I first entered Veterans Memorial hospital, I couldn't even raise my hand up to here but then the therapist did a really good job so I became very normal. But then after a while...I am not back to that horrible when I could not even raise my hand beyond this.”

Arroyo, however, said her condition continues to deteriorate. ”Now, I wake up with a lot of pain again so when I had my check-up in St. Luke's, they said there is some deterioration but they have not given me yet what it's called...because that was my last day and besides, I have to go back again. Even when I was in Veterans, my doctor from St. Luke's said that it's time for me to have my liver checked so I would be having whatever test she kept nagging about before. I'll be having it maybe sometime next week.“

Arroyo added, “Nung araw? I couldn’t physically, not that you cannot... I just couldn't, it just wouldn't go up. Up to here only but the therapy in Veterans helped me to be able to bring it up so it's really now, it's the pain and the weakness but as I surmised, it became very good and it deteriorated again somewhat but not not to the same extent that it was before but there’s a lot of pain. There's a lot of pain and weakness but not so good as I wouldn't be able to raise my hand.”

Arroyo talked about the prospect of getting treated overseas.”Oh, I have to get a 2nd opinion that I was not allowed to have before so I guess I have this test in St. Luke's that my doctor has been nagging me about and I hope to get finally a 2nd opinion abroad because if you recall Doctor Anastacio of Makati Medical Center when I did this Anastacio Protocol, which it's still groundbreaking, it's not yet mainstream. From his findings, he said I should seek a 2nd opinion abroad...He qualified it very, very, very specifically by a cervical spine purist who does repeat surgery every day, and there's nobody who does that in the Philippines so I have to seek that abroad.“

Arroyo was supposed to seek medical treatment in 2011 but she was stopped by the government from boarding a plane because it was about to file an electoral sabotage case against her. The government stopped her from leaving even if the Supreme Court upheld her right to travel since she had not been formally charged at the time she attempted to leave.