BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Napoles, the alleged architect of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, should undergo several tests before she will undergo an operation to remove a tumor found in her uterus, a Makati hospital official said Tuesday.
Ospital ng Makati director Dr. Perry Peralta said Napoles, on her first day of confinement, went through a series of tests such as X-ray, Electrocardiography (ECG) and two-dimensional echocardiogram (2D- echo), which are necessary to determine the treatment and diagnostics needed to lower down the risk during and after the surgery.
ECG is being conducted to determine the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time while 2D-echo is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart.
"We are conducting the necessary examinations in order to assess her risk and in order to clear her for whatever treatment we intend to conduct to her," he said.
"When patients go into surgery bago siya maoperahan kailangan macontrol ang blood sugar ang blood pressure. There are things to control bago siya maschedule for surgery," he added.
On April 2, Napoles will undergo blood test, which was not included in the first set of examination as "fasting is needed."
The schedule of Napoles' surgery as well as what surgery she should undergo, according to the hospital director, depends on the results of the tests being conducted on her.
Peralta, however, did not divulged further information about the medical condition of the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, saying "Miss Napoles did not allow us to do so."
Peralta said Napoles is being attended to by the doctors of the Ospital ng Makati through the Chairman of the OB-gyn department without any "VIP" treatment.
Peralta said Napoles is staying in a single occupancy room at the 7th floor of the hospital with one bed and one private toilet and bath.
"Kung sino 'yung nurses on duty who is taking care of other patients ay siya din na nag-aattend sakanya, walang particular person assigned for her," he said.
On February 26, Napoles underwent check-up at the Philippine National Police General Hospital (PNP- GH) after complaining abdominal pain and menstrual bleeding.
After the check-up, PNP-GH doctors said they found out that there is a mass in Napoles' uterus but her condition was "not life threatening."
However, on March 21, Napoles together with her legal counsel went to the Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) to personally appeal to allow her to undergo surgery and hospitalization for the same reason.
On March 28, the Makati court finally approved her petition on condition that it will be done in a government hospital.
On Monday, around 10 p.m. Napoles was transferred from the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where she has been detained for the illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy to the Ospital ng Makati. (Sunnex)