LEGENDARY PBA import Bobby Parks is recovering well and might be out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) soon where he has been confined for the past few days.
Dr. Robert J. Ponoc Jr., the Parks’ family doctor, said the seven-time Best Import awardee had a bout with pneumonia contrary to initial reports.
“Nagkaroon ng retention ng carbon dioxide sa lungs niya. Kaya itinigil rin muna `yung radio therapy niya,” said Ponoc, Jr.
The doctor also denied earlier reports that Parks underwent surgery Monday.
“Nag-worry nga po kami sa story na nabasa namin, kasi na-misinform po `yung sumulat. Nag-drain lang ng water at fluids from his lungs because of pneumonia. Wala pong surgery sa lungs,” said Ponoc, who revealed that Parks initially complained of chronic coughing.
Initial reports had it Parks had a laryngeal cancer relapse, but Spin.ph was told doctors are now observing the disease might turn into lung cancer.
“We’re monitoring that disease. May planned therapy na kami sa sakit niya, nag deviate lang kami kasi nagkaroon ng pneumonia,” said Ponoc.
“Kaya lang namin siya nilagay sa ICU is para mas mabantayan siya. Pag ordinary ward kasi, hindi ganun matututukan. Sa ICU one is to one ang nurse at doctor.”
A medical consultant at Clinica Manila-Pasig, Ponoc is quick to allay any fears, saying Parks is showing remarkable improvement owing to his fitness.
“Buti at athlete si coach Bobby. Kasi kung hindi malamang nagka-complications na,” the internist doctor added.
“He’s recovering na nga. And his doctors at St. Luke’s are now evaluating the possibility of him being transferred to an ordinary room already,” said Ponoc, who also revealed that Parks’ recent chest X-rays reveal a decreased number of infiltrates.
“Gumaganda na talaga `yung lagay niya. And the mere fact na malapit na siyang ilabas sa ICU is another positive development we are seeing.”
Ponoc added that 51-year-old Parks has been conscious the whole time he was confined.
Visitors are prevented from seeing Parks especially last week, but Ponoc bared that St. Luke’s doctors might already start allowing well-wishers as soon as he is transferred to an ordinary room.
“Ilang araw na ngang naiinip at gustong-gusto nang tumayo at maglakad,” said the family doctor. “Kaya natutuwa siya at malapit na siyang malipat ng room, at least ibang environment `yun for him.”
Parks lost weight during his confinement but his doctors at St. Luke’s-Global City are now preparing a program that will help him recover.
As for Parks going back to his old routine as assistant coach, Ponoc replied, “Depende sa kanya `yun. Pero kailangan muna namin siyang patabain ulit at palakasin then hopefully normal na ulit ang lahat.”