MANILA – Zsa Zsa Padilla opened up about a recent ordeal their family had to go through involving her daughter Nicole.
In an interview with Ruffa Gutierrez for “Love Thy Chika,” Padilla said they had to rush her daughter to the hospital because of increased heart rate.
“She just sent me a text. Sabi niya, ‘Mama, my heart rate is so fast.’ Sabi ko, ‘Where are you?’ Sabi niya, ‘I’m home.’ Sabi ko, ‘I’m gonna get you. I will pick you up and I will bring you to the hospital,’” she said.
While at the hospital, Padilla said she had to contain her emotions.
“When you break down, magbe-breakdown din 'yung anak mo at nenerbyosin din so you have to be strong. Luckily, napakapuno ng ER nung araw na 'yun, at may COVID na nun. Swerte lang kami na hindi pa lockdown,” she said.
“I think they already knew na nagkakaroon siya ng thyroid blast or thyroid storm. And it’s very deadly, that’s what they say kasi lahat na ng sintomas lalabas na. May fever ka, 'yung heart rate mo mabilis, hindi ka makahinga,” she added.
Padilla, however, revealed she eventually broke down when the doctors said Nicole was to be transferred to the intensive care unit.
“Nung sinabi nila una na sa telemetry unit ilalagay which is parang imo-monitor 'yung heart, familiar naman ako doon kasi na-bypass si Dolphy. Maya-maya sinabi, ilalagay na siya sa ICU. So buti na lang dumating 'yung boyfriend niya at si Conrad (Onglao) so sabi ko I’m just gonna go to the bathroom. When I went to the bathroom, doon na ako umiyak,” she said.
After taking her time to pray alone, Padilla returned to her family only to be welcomed with a good news.
“I prayed so hard. Paglabas ko, they said she’s already responding to the medication so she doesn’t have to be in the ICU. Sa regular room na lang siya,” she said.
According to the veteran singer, Nicole is still taking medication up to now and she has to decide soon if she wants radiation or surgery.
When asked what’s her wish not just for Nicole but also for her two other daughters Karylle and Zia, Padilla said: “My prayer for them is always to have good health and good mental health. Importante kasi 'yan ngayon kasi maraming mga issues na 'yung mga kabataan. Ibang mundo na kasi ngayon ang ginagalawan natin.”
She also wishes her daughters genuine happiness.
“I wish that they wouldn’t be lonely and they would come to us, kami bilang pamilya will always be close,” she said.