Where is the neck brace? Speaker Arroyo shows scars to prove the condition of the spine



Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also says that she can only turn her neck slightly to the right because of multiple cervical spondylosis

Published 5:00 PM, August 21, 2018

Updated at 5:07 pm, August 21, 2018

BEAR FROM THE BONES. An old photo of former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wearing her neck brace. File photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

BEAR FROM THE BONES. An old photo of former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wearing her neck brace. File photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Still doubting whether speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo really has a lingering illness?

In an interview with GMA 7 & # 39; s Unang Hirit, Arroyo showed the scars on her back to prove that she still suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis, the degeneration of the intervertebral discs, causing the spine to hurt.

The former president-turned house leader forced reporter Arnold Clavio to show her scars during the interview. A video clip was posted on YouTube on Monday, August 20.

Arroyo was asked to respond to some criticism of her because she does not constantly wear her halo neck brace now that she is installed as the speaker.

"Nandiyan pa, nandiyan pa. Nando & # 39; n ka naman do & # 39; n sa ospital no & # 39; ng kakaopera ko, 'di ba? O ikaw nga 'yong unang nagpakita sa buong mundo kung goo kalaki, gingo kahaba 'yong aking operasyon sa likod"Said the Speaker to Clavio.

(They're still there, they're still there.) You were there when I just underwent surgery, you were the first person to show the world how long my scars were from the surgery on my back.)

While she laughed, Arroyo turned her back to the camera and Clavio let her separate her hair to show her scars.

PROOF. Arnold Clavio of GMA 7 shows the scars of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in front of the camera. Screenshot of the YouTube account of GMA News

PROOF. Arnold Clavio of GMA 7 shows the scars of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in front of the camera. Screenshot of the YouTube account of GMA News

The scars were the result of Arroyo's anterior cervical distectomy and fusion surgery in 2011, when doctors first removed the problematic cervical disc and then stabilized the spine. Titanium implants and a bone substitute were used to build the backbone of Arroyo. (READ: QUICK FACTS: spinal surgery and titanium plates)

LITTEKENS. A close-up of the back scars of the speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot of the YouTube account of GMA News

LITTEKENS. A close-up of the back scars of the speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot of the YouTube account of GMA News

The former president had to undergo several operations over the years because of her spine, one of the reasons why Arroyo ended up under hospital arrest in the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) instead of the prison over alleged abuse of P366 million in state funds.

She was released in VMMC in July 2016 after almost 4 years.

In the same interview, Arroyo said that she also had a lump on the side of her forehead between her eyes, because her halo-vest had to be turned into place.

She also showed that she can only turn her neck slightly to the right after her operations.

The lawyer of the speaker Ferdinand Topacio told Rappler in 2016 that Arroyo wears a neck brace when she walks through her sturdy walking exercises and when she feels pain in her neck. – Rappler.com


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