Cardinal Vidal suffers mild stroke-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
CEBU CITY -- Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is being observed at the hospital after he felt weak around noon last Tuesday.
Two reliable sources who asked not to be named said the prelate suffered a mild stroke last Tuesday but his condition improved on the same day.
Fr. Joseph de Aquino, Vidal’s secretary, said members of the household observed that the 82-year-old prelate was weak.
He said Vidal seemed to have difficulty eating his meal.
They decided to bring him to Perpetual Succour Hospital, said de Aquino, who added that the staff knew about the cardinal’s medical history.
But when he saw the retired archbishop in the emergency room, Vidal “was active, his strength has returned,” he said.
De Aquino said he is not knowledgeable about medical terms that is why he could not describe Vidal’s condition.
He also said he still has to talk to Vidal’s doctors.
As of Wednesday, Vidal’s condition has improved but he is still undergoing some tests to check on neurological and cardiac functions.
In 2004, the prelate underwent an angiogram, an examination of the heart and blood vessels, and had a pacemaker installed to monitor his heartbeat.
He suffered a heart attack during the procedure, which, Vidal himself had said, almost killed him.
After the procedure, doctors also installed a stent, a spring-like device for arteries to allow normal flow of blood.
Vidal also had previous major operations including a heart bypass and angioplasty. He was also at one time diagnosed of osteoarthritis and had to wear a neck brace. (BAP/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 19, 2013.