FORMER PBA player Boybits Victoria has finally been discharged from hospital after almost a month's stay due to a rare autoimmune disorder.
Popular sports columnist Nap Gutierrez, a close friend of the Victorias, disclosed the 45-year-old cager is now back home for the first time since he was diagnosed to be suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a serious disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system, leading to weakness and numbness of the body.
He was initially confined at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Juan de Dios hospital and put on a ventilator/respirator to help him breathe until he can do it on his own.
But Victoria still needs to undergo rehabilitation to fully recover from his illness, according to Gutierrez.
For how long, it all depends on how his body will respond, he added.
After a long PBA career, Victoria has become part of the PBA radio coverage and is head of sales of Victoria Sports, an indoor sports club in Quezon City, by the time he fell ill.
He even attended the recent reunion of the San Miguel team under former coach Jong Uichico where all members of the ballclub decided to raise funds in helping defray the medical expenses of former teammate Joey Mente.
Victoria, a former star player of San Beda, won Rookie of the Year honor in 1994 during the season in which he was picked third overall by Swift in the PBA draft.
He was a vital cog in the RFM franchise’s two championships in 1995 and played for the Mighty Meaties until 1998 when he got traded to San Miguel, a team where played a chief back-up to Olsen Racela, now Barangay Ginebra deputy coach, during its championship run from 1999 to 2001 under Uichico.