Dolphy battles pneumonia anew
MANILA, Philippines - Comedy king Dolphy is suffering from pneumonia anew, his son Eric Quizon said Friday.
It is Dolphy's 11th battle against pneumonia in 11 months, Quizon said in a press conference.
"They're now administering antibiotics again," he added. "With the antibiotics, mas groggy siya ngayon."
"At least na-detect ng maaga, so hopefully he survives this," he said.
His father remains confined at the intensive care unit of the Makati Medical Center, where he was brought to over a week ago also because of pneumonia.
Dolphy 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.
Dolphy's doctors detected pneumonia after the veteran comedian developed fever at the hospital.
"He has pneumonia on both sides of his lungs. That's the down side," his son said.
Quizon said Dolphy is still hooked up to a respiration machine that helps him to breath.
His father also underwent dialysis Thursday because of his failing kidneys.
Quizon said the dialysis went smoothly.
"I think during the dialysis, it helped removed the excess fluid in the lungs," he said.
However, Quizon said his father remains prone to internal bleeding.
"His hemoglobin is up, which is good. However platelet count is very low," he said. "The other day it was only 77,000 today its only 46,000. That's why he's very prone to hemorraging."
"He's responsive. Not as responsive as yesterday but kanina si Zsa Zsa (Padilla) was there and sinabihan niya ng 'love you' and nag-respond siya," he added.
Dolphy's family members are also not allowed to remain near him to prevent infection.
"COPD is susceptible to virus eh, so madali siyang kapitan talaga ng virus. Kaya ngayon pinagbabawalan kami pati pamilya pumasok," Quizon said.
"It's like a roller-coaster ride. Kung ano yung pinagdadaanan ng daddy ko, yun din ang pinagdadaanan namin," he added.
He said Dolphy's blood pressure has been regulated but his heart rate is still fluctuating.
"His kidney, his creatinin is down, but is still very high -- it doesn't fall within the normal range," he said.
He said his father's health improved Thursday but complications developed, affecting Dolphys' other vital organs.
"Nagkakaroon ng domino effect, kasi naaapektuhan yung ibang organs niya," Quizon said.
He said the talk about his father being declared a National Artist can wait.
"Right now I want my dad's health to improve. Saka na natin pag-usapan yung National Artist," he said. - with Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBNNews.com