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Erap on ventilator as pneumonia due to COVID-19 ‘worsened’ – Jinggoy

Dwight de Leon
'My father has always been a fighter and I hope that with the help of your prayers he will win this battle,' says former senator Jinggoy Estrada as he updates the public on the former president's condition

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada said on Tuesday, April 6, that his father, former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada, has been placed on a mechanical ventilator as his pneumonia due to COVID-19 has “worsened.”

“Yesterday, my father’s condition suffered a setback as his pneumonia worsened.  Because of this and the resulting increase in oxygen requirement, his doctors decided to place him on mechanical ventilation,” Jinggoy said in a Facebook post.

“My father has always been a fighter and I hope that with the help of your prayers he will win this battle. Please continue praying for his immediate recovery,” he added.

Estrada, who is turning 84 on April 19, was rushed to the hospital on March 28 due to his coronavirus infection. He was said to be in “stable but guarded condition” at the time, according to Jinggoy. – Rappler.com

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.