Joshua Aquino plays piano for mom Kris. File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Host-actress Kris Aquino explained that one of the reasons she is going on temporary leave from showbiz is because she wanted her eldest son, Josh, to undergo stem cell therapy.
During her morning talk show on ABS-CBN, “Kris TV,” on Tuesday, Aquino said she is considering three options for the treatment of Josh, who is a special child.
The first option is for Josh to undergo treatment in Europe, where live animal stem cells are used.
“Kasi meron akong mga friends na ‘yung mga anak nila underwent stem cell therapy and ‘yung condition nila is just like Josh. They had special children,” Aquino explained to comedienne Melai Cantiveros, her guest co-host on “Kris TV.”
“Kasi sobrang laki ‘yung naging improvement. So tomorrow, Melai, meron kaming appointment kay Dr. Rex Gloria, who is involved with one of those hospitals sa Europe na gumagawa nito,” she added.
Aquino said her second option is to avail of a new treatment in Singapore, which involves the use of fat-derived human stem cells.
“Meron daw sa Singapore na kinukuha daw sa nanay ‘yung stem cell. Parang manggagaling sa fat ng nanay, kasi ‘yung fat ng nanay ang pinaka-highly concentrated ‘yung stem cell, doon,” she said. “So kukunin either sa hita daw o sa tiyan ng mom, tapos ita-transfer doon sa anak.”
Meanwhile, Aquino said her third option is to go to The Medical City in Pasig.
“May pangatlo pa being done in Medical City naman now. But that study will be done in July. ‘Yun naman, galing sa bone marrow. Medyo masakit daw ‘yun talaga kasi imagine, bone marrow extraction,” she said.
While she is aware that the second and third treatment options may cause her a lot of physical pain, Aquino said she is willing to do everything for her son.
“Ita-try namin lahat because -- it’s so hard to believe -- this June 4, Josh is turning 18. May adult na akong anak,” she said. “Part of the reason why I’ll take a leave is because I want to take Josh to have all those opportunities naman for medical improvement. Lalong lalo na, na andoon na siya sa magandang timbang, magandang health, magandang behavior. So i-try naman namin ito para tuluy-tuloy ang progress ng anak ko.”
Aquino was referring to how Josh lost over 90 pounds because of a specialized fitness program.
The host-actress said she would like to try all the available options while she can still afford it so she would have no regrets.
“Ngayon parang we have the means naman, bakit ‘di ko susubukan kung makakatulong ito for him, to become more verbal, tapos ‘yung cognitive skills lalong mag-iimprove?” she said.
“Talagang inisip ko na ‘pag wala na ako sa mundo, ayoko na before I die, isipin ko na ‘oh my God, bakit ‘di ko ‘yun ginawa para sa anak ko?’ So lahat ng pwedeng gawin, gagawin namin talaga,” she ended.
Last year, the Department of Health warned the public against procedures that make use of stem cells from embryos, aborted fetuses and animals.
A bishop, meanwhile, earlier called stem cell therapy “immoral,” saying that it is against the belief of the Catholic Church.