Dolphy undergoes dialysis

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The King of Comedy's vital signs stabilized overnight, encouraging his family to take this step

THERE'S ALWAYS REASON TO laugh. Blogger Azrael Colladilla wih Dolphy in 2009. The Comedy King was already ailing with COPD, but still managed to make the reporters laugh. Photo from Azrael Colladilla.

MANILA, Philippines – At 6:09 PM, June 21, Eric Quizon gave what he declared as his final press interview at the lobby of the Makati Medical Center, saying their family has decided that it would be the last time any member of the family will speak to the members of the media camping outside the hospital. He will, instead, reply to SMS queries re his father’s condition.

He confirmed that his father, Comedy King Dolphy, is undergoing dialysis to help arrest his organ failure. Dolphy went back to being critical yesterday, June 20, after being stable since Monday. (For Rappler’s previous stories on Dolphy’s hospitalization, see the links below.)

“(The dialysis) will support my dad’s kidneys and lessen the excess fluids in his body,” Quizon said. “It will wash away the toxins that have accumulated in his body because of his weak kidneys.”

Quizon added that the immediate effect of the dialysis was that his father’s spasms and twitching have lessened. They take this to mean that, somehow, the condition of Dolphy’s kidneys have improved. 

“He opened his eyes and looked around, and we knew he could hear us,” said Quizon.

But, he said, the dialysis has a downside. “His platelets are very low and he is positive for hemorrhaging.”

As of press time, the doctors are finding out where the hemorrhaging inside Dolphy’s system is occurring. 

“Somehow, our family found hope when the dialysis was administered. We believe in the power of prayers,” stressed the young Quizon.

When asked until when his father will undergo the procedure, Quizon said they’ll take it as far as it can go. “Hopefully, his condition really improves,” he said. 

He shared that there’s no feeling of panic in the family. They have found reason to be happy, especially since Dolphy was able to open his eyes again. “My other siblings were able to see him open his eyes, and we were able to tell him the messages of his friends and loved ones who have visited.”

Quizon disclosed that the option of dialysis was given to their family because Dolphy’s vitals became stable again overnight (June 20 to 21), although his condition still fluctuates. 

The dialysis on Dolphy began at 2:40 PM, June 21, and, as of the press conference, he had received 5 units of blood. “He’s still in a critical state, but we believe a miracle is happening,” said Quizon. 

“I’m sure that if my dad can speak, he will thank all of you,” said Quizon. “Please continue to pray for my father.”

When asked if the dialysis will finally make his father better, Quizon shook his head. “We can’t say if the dialysis will make him better. We can only hope it can help.”

Dolphy’s children in the US have started coming home to be with their father.

(Blogger Azrael Coladilla shares with us this exclusive video he took of the Comedy King in December 2009, where he asked Dolphy to promote the Metro Manila Film Festival and his film, “Nobody Nobody But Juan”:)

As of 7:30 PM, Nora Aunor has been seen visiting the Comedy King. –

Read our previous stories on Dolphy here:

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