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Comedy King Dolphy, in hospital since Friday, is showing strong signs of recovery from pneumonia, his family said on Monday, enough to have been taken off a respirator and allowed to breathe on his own strength.
Dolphy's son, actor-director Eric Quizon, said their father remains under observation at the Makati Medical Center’s intensive care unit, but that his vital signs are back to normal.
“He’s actually survived 10 pneumonias already in the past. That’s good news he’s really a fighter,” Quizon, designated spokesman for the family, said.
Dolphy is still attached to an oxygen tank, Quizon said, but stressed that “he’s breathing on his own.”
Still, the undisputed Comedy King of the Philippines won’t be taken out of intensive care just yet. “Gusto namin talaga that he’s out of that critical stage. We want him out of that ICU,” Quizon said.
Only immediate family members are allowed to visit Dolphy, and all are required to wear masks and gloves before being allowed inside the ICU.
"He's still susceptible to virus,” Quizon explained.
Quizon said his father is visibly determined to get well.
“What my dad has gone through the past couple of years - I haven’t seen anybody who’s determined to live this much. Ayaw pa niya kami iwan talaga.” (He doesn’t want to leave us.)
Quizon reiterated his family’s thanks to the public for all the prayers and well-wishes they have been receiving for Dolphy’s full recovery.