ALTHOUGH still in coma, PBA legend Samboy Lim is now being prepared for long-term care after being released from the intensive care unit of the Medical City last weekend.
The 52-year-old basketball icon is breathing on his own while his vital organs are stable, raising hope that Lim would snap out of his coma while under medical care.
“Yung cardiac (condition) saka ibang organs niya stable na although naghihintay pa rin ng movement kay Samboy sa ngayon,” said a family friend who has access to the “Skywalker’s” condition.
For the moment, the medical team in charge of Lim, along with his family are preparing for the PBA legend’s eventual transition to home care.
“Ang sabi, kapag naayos na yung aparato para kay Samboy dun sa bahay na lilipatan niya, ilalabas na rin siya. Tapos yung bahay na titirhan ni Samboy, 'yung malapit na lang sa Medical City,” added the friend.
Since collapsing last November 28 due to cardiac arrest in a Legends game at the Ynares Center in Pasig City, Lim has received prayers and support from close friends, former teammates and fans.
Fans and friends have also put Samboy's recovery at the top of their Christmas wish list.
Here's a message from Lim's family:
We, the Lim family, Darlene M. Berberabe, and Samboy & Lelen’s daughter - Jamie Christine Lim, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who prayed and continue to pray for Samboy.
We also thank the attending doctors, Medical City Hospital, family and dear friends, and those who donated to the medical fund. The many thoughtful acts of kindness will continue to sustain us in this extremely difficult time. We will forever be grateful that you all came into our lives and gave us hope & strength.
Please continue to include Samboy in your thoughts and pray that he will soon be healed! And despite the anguish and the pain, we know that God loves Samboy and that “this too shall pass”! We wish everyone a Blessed Christmas!
Financial support has also poured in from major institutions through fund-raisers mounted by friends for the former Letran star's medicul fund.