Ivler on the way to recovery

January 20, 2010 10:46 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 – Road rage killing suspect Jason Ivler’s health condition is improving, his attending physician at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) said Wednesday afternoon.

Ivler, a former United States soldier assigned in Iraq, is the prime suspect in the killing of Renato Victor Ebarle Jr. last Nov. 18, 2009 after a traffic altercation along Santolan Road in Quezon City.

Dr. Fernando Lopez, chairman of the QMMC surgery department, told reporters that Ivler's vital signs are improving.

A bullet ruptured the latter's spleen and damaged a portion of his colon after he shot it out with government agents at his residence in Quezon City before his arrest last Monday morning.

Lopez said Ivler is doing well. “His vital signs are stabilizing. We are still closely monitoring his recovery. We hope that very soon we can declare he is stable,” he said at a press conference at the QMMC in Project 4, Quezon City.

“We are very optimistic that in 24 hours, we will start removing some of the tubes including one of the intravenous fluid lines," Lopez said.

The surgeon said Ivler has been quiet and cooperative although still under restraints while recuperating at the intensive care unit.

Lopez said that while the patient is not completely out of danger, the hospital will not object if the family decides to transfer him to another hospital.

Last Monday, special action unit agents National Bureau of Investigation arrested Ivler after a bloody shootout inside his parents' home at Blue Ridge-A village in Quezon City.

He was immediately rushed to QMMC after sustaining gunshot wounds to the abdomen and right shoulder. (PNA)

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