- Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is now “feeling better” after experiencing pneumonia
- The senator was hospitalized for nearly two weeks due to the complication brought by lung cancer
- The lawmaker is currently on a prolonged medical leave which will last until the end of her term on June 30
Outgoing Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is now “feeling better” after she was hospitalized for having pneumonia as a complication from her stage 4 lung cancer.
In an article published by ABS-CBN News on June 19, 2016, it was disclosed that the lawmaker have been discharged from Makati Medical Center last June 11 after nearly two weeks of confinement.
“Senator Santiago’s pneumonia is under control and she is feeling better. Thank you,” a member of her staff posted on her social media accounts.
On May 30, the 70-year-old senator was rushed to the hospital due to the complication, and on May 31, she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“Miriam said that she thanks all her family, friends, supporters, fans, and others who helped pray for her recovery and sent their well-wishes on Facebook,” a statement from Santiago’s camp read.
Last May 24, Santiago formally sought the permission of Senate President Franklin Drilon to allow her to end her senatorial term on a prolonged medical leave; citing unexpected circumstances on her cancer sickness.
In a scanned copy of a letter shared via Facebook, it was disclosed that one of the medications the senator is taking has produced a side effect of anorexia.
“This signifies that I shall continue on medical leave for cancer. One of the medications has produced a side effect of anorexia (inability to eat), which renders me physically and mentally weak,” the letter stated.
While Santiago remains as a senator, she will not anymore report for work at the Philippine Senate until the end of this month.
“My staff and I shall be ready to vacate our offices by 30 June 2016,” the lawmaker said.