Arroyo might undergo stem cell therapy

Posted at 07/26/2012 8:24 PM | Updated as of 07/27/2012 10:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo might undergo stem cell therapy to improve her health, according to the alternative medicine facility in Tagaytay City that the Pampanga lawmaker visited Thursday.

Arroyo came to the facility complaining of difficulty in swallowing because of a bulge in her throat, according to a statement from the Green 8 Young Health & Wellness Center.

Her voice has also changed and she is losing weight because she can't swallow solid food. She also has angina, the center said.

Arroyo also complained of continuing neck and back pain.

"Our center is accepting her for possible stem cell therapy," the alternative medicine facility said. "The stem cell therapy is... strongly considered."

It said the Arroyo can undergo such therapy in the Tagaytay center while her physical therapy will continue at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center 4 times a week.

The Pampanga lawmaker is seeking treatment at the center through her sister, Cielo Macapagal-Salgado.

The center said Salgado was previously diagnosed with a cancerous lump in her breast. 

"She consulted several doctors and was subsequently subjected to a myrad of treatment procedures. These, however, did not produce the desired results.  When she came to our center she was cured of her cancer," it claimed.

Arroyo heads to Pampanga

The former President's spokesperson, Elena Bautista Horn, said Arroyo is set to travel to Pampanga Friday to visit her constituents.

Horn said Arroyo is just shrugging off her critics following a local court's order to allow her to post bail in an electoral sabotage case, her spokeswoman said Thursday.

"Bale wala na sa kanya ang sasabihin ng kanyang mga kritiko o detractors basta makayanan nyang gawin ang tama at nararapat," she said.

Horn said Arroyo's doctors have allowed her to travel to Pampanga but told her to continue wearing her neck brace, avoid talking too much, and undergo more physical therapy.

"Hindi mapakali ang dating pangulo dahil iniisip nya na marami pa syang dapat gawin para sa kanyang mga kababayan. She says that it is her sworn duty as an elected lawmaker to make up for her absence while in detention," she said.

"Ipinagpilitan po talaga nya na makadalaw na sa kanyang distrito bukas. Sobrang sipag kaya nga po sya nagkasakit ng ganyan," Horn added. "Sabi pa nga po nya sa mga anak niya na pagbigyan na nila sya kasi ito ang buong buhay nya at hindi rin siya gagaling sa bahay kung malayo and kanyang pag-iisip."

She said Arroyo's constituents in Pampanga expect her arrival because they have not seen her since she underwent a series of cervical spine surgeries to treat a pinched nerve. - with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News