Comedy King Dolphy underwent a tracheostomy on Saturday night, his son Eric told media Sunday at the Makati Medical Center.
“At this point we decided to do that is because alam namin na ito ‘yung makaka-relieve sa discomfort na nararamdaman ng daddy ko, and at the same time for us also ‘yung discomfort na nakikita namin siya na… mas maganda ‘yung pinapakita niya sa ‘min, so nawawala din ‘yung discomfort namin,” the actor-director explained.
Tracheostomy, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is a surgically created hole through the front of your neck and into your windpipe (trachea)” which “provides an air passage to help you breathe when the usual route for breathing is somehow obstructed or impaired. A tracheostomy is often needed when health problems require long-term use of a machine (ventilator) to help you breathe.”
Eric related, “Matagal na sinabi ‘yun [tracheostomy] sa amin. Sinabi nila [doctors] na mas magiging mas kumportable siya do’n, so we opted for that. Nu’ng una kasi kaya hindi naisip na gawin ‘yun was because ‘yung vitals niya were down. So n’ung tumaas ‘yung vitals niya, n’ung gumanda ‘yung mga vitals niya, mga kondisyon ng kanyang mga organs, that’s when they told us na, ‘O, pwede nating gawin ‘to.’
“N’ung kaming pamilya nag-usap kami, naisip na namin na kung itong mas makakaganda para sa tatay ko, mas mabuti,” he said.
Meanwhile, Eric said Dolphy is “more responsive” now and that he has been making “a steady progress, so kaming pamilya medyo somehow nare-relieve kami sa mga nangyayari.” He added that his father will continue to undergo dialysis “as long as he needs it and as long as we have to administer [it]… Hanggang sa kaya niya.”
“COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) will be there. It’s a progressive disease, so hindi ‘yan mawawala. Kasama ng COPD itong mga complications na ‘to. So even if he gets better now, definitely we will be having these episodes again. It’s something that the family has to accept, it’s something that we have to embrace as a family na mangyayari’t mangyayari ulit itong mga ganitong episodes.
“It might be worse, it might be hindi masyadong mas grabe, but definitely we will be having these episodes again,” Eric said.
By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA