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Mike Arroyo will have spinal surgery

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The President’s husband, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, will submit himself into spinal surgery before his wife steps down on June 30.

The procedure, slated on Saturday at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, aims to avert a tear in his aorta, a serious condition that resulted from long hospitalization, from March to April.

“[This] is for my spinal column. It has to be fixed. It’s unstable. I guess it’s serious enough to be operated [on]. That’s what ails me,” he told reporters in Malacañang on Tuesday.

President Macapagal-Arroyo brought her husband to St. Luke’s in the early morning of March 25 following his complains of severe back pain.

Doctors said the pain was due to a new tear in the patient’s thoracic aorta.

He was relieved on April 7 with an order to lose weight and avoid “highly charged” events.

Since then, he was raely seen in public. However, he was present at the Independence Day reception for the diplomatic corps in Malacañang, looking a bit lean.

The first gentleman will turn 64 on June 27.

On Tuesday, Mike Arroyo said that his back pain has increased, and that his doctors at St. Luke’s prescribed surgery.

“They said it should be done while I’m still OK,” he said. “Because if not, if I have that pain, it might cause a tear in my aorta again, which is what happened last time. I cannot stand the pain.”

He said his hospital confinement would take 10 days.