JANET Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel fund scam, needs to get a biopsy before undergoing a procedure to remove a cyst in her ovaries, officials of Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) said.
OsMak Medical Director Dr. Ishmael Peralta on Monday said Napoles has to undergo an endometrial biopsy.
“She has been cleared by the endocrinologist and the OB-Gyne team is ready to do the procedure,” he told reporters.
Peralta, however, said Napoles’ private doctors from St. Luke’s Medical Center still have to get her consent before performing the biopsy.
The OsMak has transferred the care and treatment of Napoles to her personal physicians from the private hospital.
“It is up to the attending doctors to secure the necessary consent of the patient. So the ball now is with the attending doctors of Napoles, because the clearance has been issued,” Peralta said.
In case Napoles gives her consent, it would take six hours to prepare her for the actual procedure.
During the biopsy, tissue samples will be extracted from her uterus, particularly in her endometrium, that will be further examined to determine whether her ovarian cyst is benign or malignant.
Peralta said the result of the biopsy, which will be released after three days, will decide what the next treatment for Napoles would be.
OsMak obstetrics-gynecology (OB-Gyn) department head Dr. Florentina Villanueva described Napoles’ condition as “stable.”
“She has stable vital signs, so her blood pressure is normal, she also has a normal pulse rate and temperature,” Villanueva said.
Although the biopsy will be performed by Napoles’ doctors, Vilanueva will be in the operating room to monitor the proceedings.
Villanueva said the actual procedure will only take five to 15 minutes.
After her surgery and recovery, Napoles will be brought back to Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, where she has been detained for the serious illegal detention case filed against her by pork scam witness Benhur Luy.