De Lima did not suffer stroke – doctors

Published April 27, 2021, 6:50 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima did not suffer a stroke and is now doing well, according to her doctors.

Sen. Leila de Lima leaves the Manila Doctors Hospital Tuesday to go back to the custodial center in Camp Crame 

The senator, who was confined at the Manila Doctors Hospital for three days on a medical furlough, was discharged Tuesday and is now back at the custodial center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at Camp Crame. 

Dr. Dante Morales and Dr. Errol Rhett Santelices said the result of De Lima’s Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (BMRI) imaging and CT angiography showed no evidence of stroke (acute infarct or hemorrhage). 

The medical team which handled her case said the senator had bouts of migraine headaches triggered by a hot environment, poor ventilation and noise. This was associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and reactive hypertension.

BPPV, according to the Mayo Clinic website, “is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning” and it “causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. It is usually triggered by specific changes in your head’s position. This might occur when you tip your head up or down, when you lie down, or when you turn over or sit up in bed.” 

Vertigo is a long-standing health condition of De Lima. Other diagnostic tests conducted on the brain, eyes, ears, nerves, heart, kidneys and thyroid revealed no serious adverse findings.

Her medical team recommended increasing ventilation in her detention quarters to avoid the recurrence of her health condition. It was also recommended that if the complaints recur, more tests should be done. There are tests that will be repeated after one week, after one month, after six months, and after one year. 

De Lima was confined at the hospital from April 24 to 27 to undergo checkup as recommended by her on-call personal physician, Dr. Meophilia G. Santos-Cao, who examined her on April 21.

The medical team recommended that De Lima’s blood pressure and sugar level must be regularly monitored, and they advised her to avoid stress. 

“But how can I avoid stress, especially during these very trying times? Stress practically defines my adult life as a public servant,” said De Lima.