MANILA, Philippines – Actor Epi Quizon said his father, King of Comedy Dolphy, is very weak due to his “sickly” condition, but remains to be in high spirits.
Following confirmation of Dolphy’s unstable medical condition from Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy’s partner, and Vandolph Quizon, one of Dolphy’s sons, Epi Quizon said there was a point when his family thought “that was it” for his father, after his struggle with a faltering immune system.
“My dad actually – he’s in and out of the hospital. He’s actually sick, he’s very weak, his immune system is down, and of course, he’s old, he’s 83,” Quizon said in an interview on dzMM with Tuesday.
“Medyo madali na siya magkasakit and of course, wala na siya sa hospital ngayon, nasa bahay na siya ngayon, he’s back, he’s recovering. Pero he’s really weak, he’s suffering, his immune system is really down.”
Quizon said Dolphy’s weakened immune system has made him very prone to getting sick.
“‘Yung normal, isang maliit na virus na minsan nililigo lang natin, iniinda na ng katawan natin. ‘Yung sa kanya, isang ganun, it will turn out to be a full-blown pneumonia. So balik nanaman siya sa ospital, tapos pag nao-ospital siya, it takes weeks for this virus to leave,” he said.
“Tapos [pag] matanggal ‘yun, babalik na naman siya sa bahay, tapos may bibisita na naman na may bitbit na pera, sa jeep na sinakyan nila, dadalhin nila sa room ng daddy ko, maa-ano na naman daddy ko, full-blown pneumonia na naman.”
Despite Dolphy’s on-going struggle, Quizon said that the King of Comedy has managed to recover from the worst, and has even kept his sense of humor intact.
“Continuous prayer, kasi ako naniniwala ako na... There was a point in time nga na akala namin that was it kasi talagang sobrang hindi siya nakakahinga, kasi ever since naman my dad’s problem is the respiratory system, heart is good, heart is in perfect condition, the mind. Pero 'yung respiratory talaga eh, may hika ‘yan eh.”
“He’s there, ganoon parin siya magpatawa, the spirit, he’s always in high spirits. Nothing has changed, he’s just sickly recently,” he said.