Eric Quizon revealed for the first time that his father, King of Comedy Dolphy, is suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a long-term progressive disease of the lungs which primary results to difficulty of breathing. “He was diagnosed five years ago of COPD. It’s a progressive disease. Para siyang
cancer pero ‘di siya kasing grabe ng
cancer. When you say progressive that means yung
body niya basta patuloy lang siyang manghihina.
COPD is like emphysema, para mas madaling maintindihan
[ng tao]. Five years ago sinabihan na siya na
stage four yung sakit niya na yun.
When you say stage four in cancer terms, very critical na yun
,” said Eric in a live interview with Korina Sanchez in TV Patrol
, Wednesday, June 20.
In spite of his improving condition a few days ago, Dolphy’s kidneys suddenly weakened and his body wasn’t responding to treatment due to another complication called toxic metabolic encephalopathy. “Last Tuesday, six hours siyang naka-
breathe on his own, tapos nung binalik siya sa
respirator, overnight yung
kidneys niya parang humihina. Ang nangyari nagkaroon ng
complication toxic metabolic encephalopathy, meaning hindi na masyadong gumagana yung mga gamot na ina-
administer sa kanya. Kumbaga, yung
toxins napupunta sa ibang parte ng katawan
. So last night parang nagkakaroon siya ng parang
spasms. Sabi ng
it’s because of his condition. Kaya biglang
this morning kinailangan niya ng dugo
, that’s why we’re transfusing blood sa kanya. Nanghihina na talaga yung kanyang
kidneys.” Eric added that Dolphy’s still under observation especially because his critical condition might lead to sepsis according to the doctors.
Eric further explained that Dolphy has been admitted to the hospital two Saturdays ago as he was suffering of pneumonia and Helios then. “Siya mismo ang nagsabi na dalhin niyo ako sa ospital kasi nahihirapan ako huminga. Nung
time na yun, parang nahihirapan siya, may
, at the same time meron siyang
Helios or potassium deficiency. After a few days, na-
relieve naman, kasi
he was constipated for the longest time. And then it came to a point na
he collapsed. Yun yung kinakatakutan ng
family na umabot sa
point na ire-
respirate siya kasi ‘pag dumating sa punto na yun, yun na yun e. Yun yung
stage na meron na siyang
. So yun ang ayaw naming mangyari,
so we tried our best na hindi siya ma-
Eric said that the last time he was able to talk to Dolphy was right before the latter collapsed last June 12. “What happened on Tuesday, nakausap ko pa siya
, ‘Hi dad, how are you?’ Ang sagot niya sa akin,
‘I’m still alive. I’m ok, but not really ok’. Nakakausap pa namin siya. Pagkatapos nun bigla siya nag-
Ambu bag namin siya, nagre-
respond [naman siya] yung
oxygen niya, tumataas naman sa
ideal level, pero mabilis siyang bumababa.
Meaning, sa sobrang taas ng
carbon dioxide sa katawan niya... Kasi ang nangyayari nakaka-
inhale siya ng
oxygen, hindi niya masyadong nailalabas yung
carbon dioxide. Kapag tumataas ang
carbon dioxide level mo medyo delikado ‘yan,
that’s the time it affects your brain kaya nagko-
collapse. Right there and then we try to put him in a stable state. But hindi namin marating yun
so that’s why we have to respirate [him]. Ni-
respirate namin siya,
[and] that’s when he stabilized,” prior to the weakening of his kidneys.
But ever since he collapsed last week, Dolphy is still unable to speak and only responds through slight body movements. “He’s in and out of consciousness. Hindi talaga siya nakakausap ng diretsahan, hindi siya talaga nakakasagot.
But he responds through his eyes, eyebrows, minsan dinidiinan niya yung kamay niya ‘pag hinahawakan namin siya. Gumagalaw siya,
he twitches, may mga ganong pagkakataon. Kaya alam naming naririnig niya. Sabi din naman ng
he hears yung mga pinaguusapan namin o mga sinasabi namin sa kanya
In the meantime, Eric thanks the people for their continuous prayers and promises to provide a medical bulletin about his father’s condition every now and then. “He is [a fighter]. I know even though he's not responding back to us, maski hindi siya nakakapagsalita, miski hindi niya kami kinakausap, alam namin lumalaban siya.
He’s still hanging on. Kaya
we’re all hoping na makakasama pa namin siya ng matagal
or at least makasama nating lahat.