Joseph Bitangcol to undergo two operations after mishap

Joseph Bitangcol (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN)(UPDATE) Actor Joseph Bitangcol will go under the knife not once, but twice, his mother Lydia told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! in an interview Wednesday.

The actor, who was seriously injured in a car crash along Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City early Wednesday morning, will undergo surgery in the eye area and in the chin.

“Natanggal ang ngipin niya at na-slice ang cheekbones,” relates Lydia.  “Hindi pa  sinasabi ng doctor kung kailan gagawin ang operation kasi kailangan munang mawala ang pamamaga sa cheekbones ni Joseph.”

Lydia also said Joseph needs plates in his chin and cheekbones to repair the fractures in those areas.

“Nakaupo si Joseph sa likod ng sasakyan (a Mitsubihi Montero) at sa gitna ng mga kasama niya nung nangyari yung aksidente. Humampas ang ulo ng kasama niya sa kanya. Gusto ni Joseph ma-control yung paghampas but it was too late,”Lydia continued.

Joseph, who just finished taping for a TV show, was with five friends aboard a Mitsubishi Montero when a dump truck driven by Victor Beltran collided with their vehicle.  Joseph was initially rushed to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center then transferred to Marikina Valley Hospital, where he is currently confined.

His other injured companions were rushed to other hospitals.

Mrs. Bitangcol relates that some of the parents of Joseph’s companions in the vehicle are planning to file charges against Beltran, who is now under the custody of the Antipolo police.

But she remains undecided because her primary concern as of now is Joseph’s health.

Beltran will reportedly be charged with  reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property and multiple injuries.
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