Dolphy in critical condition, says son

Posted at 06/20/12 2:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- King of Comedy Dolphy is now in critical condition, according to his son Eric Quizon.

But ABS-CBN correspondent Ginger Conejero later reported from the Makati Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon that the 83-year-old comedian has already been cleared of pneumonia.

Conejero said this was seen by the Quizon family as a positive development. However, she added that doctors are now concerned about the comedian's weakened kidneys.

In a text message sent to ABS-CBN News earlier on Wednesday, Quizon appealed for understanding if they can't talk about their father's condition right now.

Quizon also asked for prayers for his father's recovery.

"Dad is critical at the moment. I hope you understand if I can't talk right now. Will update you later. We need your prayers," he texted.

Dolphy was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on June 9 due to pneumonia.

Last Monday, Quizon said his father was finally taken off his ventilator machine and was only dependent on an oxygen tank to assist in his breathing.

Quizon also said his family is grateful for all the prayers for his dad, adding that they were overwhelmed by the moral support their family has received.