Laura is still in the hospital. Continuing abdominal pain last night was relieved only by morphine. She met with a gastroenterologist today. White blood cell count is still elevated. The problem could be a stone or stones blocking the common bile duct. This would not show up on ultrasound. The doctor is proposing to run a camera and microtools down into Laura's abdomen through her mouth and throat; he would then widen the opening of the bile duct with a small incision, pull the stones out, then cauterize the incision. Theoretically, the pain will then be relieved.
This operation is scheduled for today at 2:30pm Pacific time.
Her return to Panama will have to be delayed.