Philippines First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo was rushed to the St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in Taguig, City this morning.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was forced to cancel all her appointments after the incident. Newly appointed Justice Secretary Alberto Agra announced the cancellation during the prosecutors’ league conference at the Manila Hotel.
As of posting, the First Gentleman was already in stable condition according to a radio report.
According to Dr. Rommel Cariño, a cardiac surgeon, the First Gentleman developed a redissection of the thoracic aorta and experienced back pains.
“The condition calls for intense medical care to control the blood pressure and heart rate to prevent further redissection. A rupture can cause compression of the blood supply to various vital organs,” Cariño said.
“Right now, we are controlling the vital signs and back pains,” he said.
The doctor said that the first gentleman will stay in the hospital for “continuous monitoring”.