Estrada brought back to ICU, but condition improving

FORMER President Joseph Ejercito Estrada was brought back to the intensive care unit (ICU) on April 15, 2021 due to a bacterial lung infection, but his condition has improved.

“My father is doing better today,” former senator Jinggoy Estrada said in a medical bulletin issued Saturday, April 17.

“His medications for blood pressure support are being lessened and his kidney function is improving. Overall, he seems to be responding well to measures to control the lung infection,” he added.

Jinggoy said Estrada remained on oxygen support but continued to be alert and oriented.

The former president is in the non-Covid ICU for further monitoring.

Estrada was brought to the hospital on March 28, after developing symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

On April 5, he was put on a mechanical ventilator to help him breathe. The ventilator was removed on April 9, but the former president continued to require high flow oxygen.

Jinggoy announced on April 13 that his father tested negative for Sars-CoV-2 in a repeat swab test.

He said his father had a slight setback on Thursday due to a “superimposed bacterial lung infection” that caused his blood pressure to fluctuate. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)


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