Dolphy set to leave ICU; family ecstatic

Posted at | Updated as of 06/30/12 2:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - King of Comedy Dolphy may soon be released from the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), his son, Eric Quizon, said on Friday.

King of Comedy Dolphy. File photo

Quizon was all smiles on Friday as he announced the latest medical bulletin of the once-ailing veteran film actor.

He said his father may finally be released from the ICU on Monday or Tuesday next week after fighting for his life for almost three weeks.

"Baka ilipat na siya sa isang regular room. Like I said, it's all good news from now and of course the family's ecstatic about the developnmet," Quizon said.

The actor said Dolphy continues to make strides toward improvements in his health condition -- among them the lessening need for blood transfusions, and the improving functioning capacity of his kidneys.

"For the last two days there was no blood transfusions, so atleast nagi-improve 'yun. According to the doctors, there's no more bleeding, no more internal bleeding, which is good," he said.

"[His] kidney function has improved. From less than 10 percent, now the doctor says it's a little over 20 percent, which is a really big improvement."

Dolphy also continues to have regular sessions of dialysis, Quizon said. The sessions, however, may be put on hold over the weekend to see if the condition of Dolphy's kidneys will manage to improve even without administering dialysis.

"Hopefully itong weekend na 'to ipapahinga muna siya sa dialysis kasi it seems like yesterday hindi siya nag-dialysis, nagkaroon ng malaking improvement eh.'

"So of course, 'yung dialysis nakakatulong 'yan, pero 'yung gagawin nila ngayon itong weekend na 'to, off muna siya sa dialyusis. Titingnan natin kung ano 'yung magiging improvement ng kidney niya.'

"It's all positive from now, may output na. Even his stomach, his intestines are all doing well."

Kiss with Zsa Zsa

As his vital signs continue to improve day by day, Dolphy has also increasingly become lucid. He now communicates better with members of his family and even jokes with his children.

"He's very lucid. 'Dad, nakikita mo ba ako?' [He nods.] Hindi pa namin siya nadidinig, but he mouths. Nagsasalita siya, mina-mouth niya 'yung sinasabi niya, so kailangan namin klaruhin kung ano 'yung sinasabi niya," Quizon said.

Among Dolphy's most recent expressions, Quizon said, was of his desire to be discharged from the hospital and go home.

"Palaging sinasabi niya,'Uwi, uwi na tayo.' Gusto na niyang umuwi. Pero syempre, hindi pa namin pwede gawin 'yun dahil nga mino-monitor pa 'yung kundisyon niya," Quizon said.

After mouthing "I love you" to his long-time partner singer Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dolphy continues to interact with his family members, according to Quizon.

"Yesterday, for example, sabi ni Zsa Zsa, 'Lovey, kiss!' Talagang ngumuso siya, gumanon, ta's nag-kiss sila. Even my sisters ganun din, lahat sila humalik sa daddy ko," Quizon said.

"Kanina pala dumila, nag-lolokohan sila. Sabi niya doon sa mga nurse at mga sisters ko. Dumila siya. Nagagawa parin niyang magpatawa," Quizon added.

Quizon attributed his father's breakthroughs to the doctors attending to the veteran actor, as well as to the unceasing prayers for his recovery from his close friends and long-time supporters.

"Gaya nga ng sinabi ko lahat sa inyo, sinagot 'yung dasal ng pamilya namin at dasal ng lahat ng mga Pilipino at lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa kanya," Quizon said.

"We'd like to think it is a miracle."