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MANILA, Philippines - The Comedy King's health condition has improved considerably, three weeks after he was rushed to the Makati Medical Center's intensive care unit due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Dolphy's son, Eric Quizon.
In fact, Quizon said on Friday, his 83-year-old father already wants to go home. "Uwi, uwi na tayo [Let's go home]," the already lucid Dolphy mouthed to his family.
The veteran actor even asked for orange juice, Quizon said.
Dolphy continues to undergo dialysis, but the said process to cleanse the blood might no longer be continued this weekend as the actor's kidneys appear to be functioning well, according to Quizon.
The actor-director added that Dolphy would no longer need to undergo blood transfusion.
Five years ago, Dolphy was diagnosed with COPD, an illness that results in breathing difficulty and worsens over time.
Most people suffering from COPD are smokers or used to smoke. About 600 million people worldwide suffer from COPD, according to the World Health Organization. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, which has more than 12 million people diagnosed with the disease.