MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) -- King of Comedy Dolphy is now in critical condition and cannot talk, according to his son Eric Quizon.
In a live interview on "TV Patrol" Wednesday, Quizon told anchor Korina Sanchez 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.
Likening COPD to cancer, Quizon said Dolphy's illness has developed into a toxic metabolic encephalopathy, which could lead to sepsis or the poisoning of the blood.
“There is a possibility so inoobserbahan pa po siya ngayon. Since this morning talagang inoobserbahan siya. It could lead to that (sepsis),” he said.
“He was diagnosed five years ago of COPD. It’s a progressive disease. Para siyang cancer pero hindi kasing grabe ng cancer. 'Yung body niya, patuloy lang siyang manghihina. It’s like emphysema. Ang ganitong klaseng sakit, five years ago sinabihan na siya na parang stage 4 ang sakit na iyon. In cancer terms, very critical na iyon,” he said.
Quizon, however, said his father is a fighter, having survived ten bouts with pneumonia in a year.
In and out of consciousness
He said his father currently has been “in and out of consciousness” and they cannot really talk to him directly.
“Hindi siya nakakasagot but he responds through his eyebrows, through his eyes. He twitches so may mga ganung pagkakataon so alam namin na naririnig niya kami. He hears and he’s listening at naririnig niya ang sinasabi namin sa kanya,” he said.
Quizon said Dolphy’s doctors informed them that some of his father’s organs are weak and that he is being observed round the clock.
Quizon said Dolphy already started to make his last wishes when he learned that he has COPD.
“Naghahabilin na siya...noong nalaman niya na may COPD siya, nag-umpisa na siyang kausapin kami. Noong time pa lang na iyon, inayos na niya lahat ang mga dapat ayusin,” he said.
Even if Dolphy is not responding back to them, Quizon said, “Alam namin na lumalaban siya. Alam namin he’s hanging on.”
Meantime, Quizon said the family is still hoping “na makakasama pa namin siya.”
When asked how Dolphy’s long-time partner Zsa Zsa Padilla was doing, he said like other families suffering the same ordeal, “lahat kami ay vulnerable, we are all emotional.”