Sedated Erap stable but still in critical condition

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DAYS after being rushed to the hospital for catching the highly-infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19), former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada is already in stable condition, says his son former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

However, even with normal vital signs, the young Estrada’s condition remains critical. The former President has remained under intensive care and on mechanical ventilation.

In an early morning television interview, Jinggoy said his father’s condition “slightly improved” since he was put on mechanical ventilation due to his pneumonia, adding that the former President remains sedated.

Nag-improve naman po nang bahagya,” Jinggoy said.

Erap, who is turning 84 this month, was put on mechanical ventilation after his pneumonia worsened “to improve oxygen delivery as well as to prevent the tiring of his respiratory mechanism,” Jinggoy said in a statement Tuesday.

Jinggoy announced that his father was COVID-19 positive last March 29. The former President, he added, might have contracted the virus from visitors.

Hindi naman siya lumalabas ng bahay, siguro ‘yung pag-entertain ng mga bisita sa bahay,” he said.

Jinggoy’s wife, Precy, also also tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation. Jinggoy also underwent COVID-19 test but yielded negative results.

With his dad and wife infected, the former Senator said that their doctors told them to drop the idea of using the controversial anti-parasitic veterinary drug Ivermectin, especially on the former President.

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