Dolphy undergoes dialysis

Posted at 06/21/12 6:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Quizon family on Thursday opted for the country's king of comedy Dolphy to undergo dialysis to support his weakened kidneys.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, Dolphy's son Eric Quizon said his father’s vitals were stable overnight and that’s why his doctors suggested that the veteran actor undergo dialysis.

“The reason why the option of dialysis was offered to us and the reason why we opted for dialysis is because overnight his vitals became stable. That was the longest time that his vitals were stable. But like I said, his condition still fluctuates,” he said.

Quizon said his father had his first dialysis session at 2:40 p.m. today and will have to undergo the procedure indefinitely.

“This dialysis will help support ang kidney ng daddy ko. It lessens the excess body fluids na nasa katawan ng daddy ko at the same time nawawala ang mga toxins,” he said.

On Wednesday, Quizon revealed that his father has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which hinders the flow of air to the lungs.

The condition is generally permanent and may be progressive over time. Because of Dolphy’s medications, his illness had caused a complication causing his kidneys to fail.

Glimmer of hope

Quizon also said their family was very glad when they caught Dolphy opening his eyes.

“Ang maganda dito kasi, somehow nagmulat siya ng kanyang mata at tumingin siya sa paligid. Natuwa ang mgakapatid ko, kaming lahat, kasi alam namin na nadidinig niya kami. May konting kasiyahan dahil kumbaga nagkaroon ng opportunity ang ilang mga kapatid namin na makita siya na nagmulat ang mata and somehow really trying to communicate more than just like 'yung binubulungan namin or sinasabihan namin ng mga pinapasabi ng mga nagmamahal sa kanya,” he said.

Quizon said this sparked a glimmer of hope. “Ang pamilya namin na umaasa na makakasama at makakapiling namin ang aming ama,” he said.

Meanwhile, Quizon said his father’s platelet counts remain very low and thus is susceptible to hemorrhaging.

“May bleeding sa loob at inaalam namin saan galing ang bleeding. But, of course, we’re all hoping at naniniwala kami sa power of prayers at kahit papano ay somehow nagkaroon ng hope ang family namin na mag-administer ng dialysis,” he said.

Quizon said some of his siblings are expected to arrive this week from the United States.