A medico-legal report given to the Makati prosecutor’s office by the Philippine National Police stated that flight attendant Christine Dacera’s cause of death remains to be a ruptured aortic aneurysm, and not homicide.
The Crime Laboratory nixed the possibility of homicide as her cause of death, saying that an aortic aneurysm is deemed a medical condition and may lead to sudden death. It added that although this occurrence is more common in older people due to arteriosclerosis (thickening or stiffening of blood vessels leading to blood flow restriction), it may happen in younger people.
The report elaborated that Dacera’s increased blood pressure “further weakened that defect and eventually burst, which led to symptoms such as weakness and nausea.”
It went on: “The loss of blood due to the ruptured aorta killed her within a few hours. The dilatation or aneurysm started a long time ago or may be years prior to her death. No alcohol or recreational drugs taken prior to her death will cause that kind of dilatation or defect in her aorta.”
The report also said that an anuersym would not result even if Dacera had been raped or drugged. The Crime Laboratory also noted that her heart weighed 500 grams, considerably heavier than the normal weight of 300 grams; this supported an undiagnosed condition of hypertension.
Last Jan. 1, Christine Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati, after which she was rushed to Makati Medical Center by friends, only to be declared dead on arrival.
The police have slapped charges of rape with homicide against 11 people who were with the victim the night before her death. The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3.