Vi­dal re­cov­er­ing at ICU af­ter suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Ador Vin­cent S. Mayol SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Cebu Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal is con­fined at the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) of a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Cebu City af­ter he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Fr. Joseph de Aquino, Vi­dal’s sec­re­tary, said med­i­cal tests were still be­ing con­ducted by physi­cians at the Catholic-run Per­pet­ual Suc­cour Hos­pi­tal (PSH) to de­ter­mine the course of treat­ment.

“The car­di­nal is con­fined at the ICU. That’s all I can say for now,” he said in a text mes­sage to CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Dr. Rene Josef Bul­le­cer, one of the physi­cians of Vi­dal, said the car­di­nal was rushed by his nurse from his re­tire­ment house in Sto. Niño Vil­lage in Barangay Bani­lad, Cebu City, to PSH past 2 a.m. last Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11, due to fever and short­ness of breath­ing.

“The whole morn­ing, he was do­ing well at the hos­pi­tal. How­ever, in the af­ter- noon of Wed­nes­day, the car­di­nal sud­denly col­lapsed. He had a car­diac ar­rest,” he told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Vi­dal, 86, and the coun­try’s most se­nior car­di­nal, went un­con­scious, prompt­ing Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma to ad­min­is­ter the Sacra­ment of Ex­treme Unc­tion, which is per­formed on a se­ri­ously ill per­son for spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal strength.

Vi­dal was in coma through­out Thurs­day. Bul­le­cer said the car­di­nal, how­ever, showed pos­i­tive signs on Fri­day morn­ing when he be­gan to open his eyes.

“We tried to pinch him, and he re­acted. That means he has re­vived his sense of pain. That is re­ally a good devel­op­ment. I can say that he has over­come the worst time of a car­diac ar­rest,” he said.

Based on their mon­i­tor­ing, Bul­le­cer said Vi­dal has a blood in­fec­tion and a bleed­ing on his kid­ney.

“We also have a lit­tle con­cern on his brain, but his lungs are clear and there is no prob­lem with his heart,” he said.

Prayer war­riors

Bul­le­cer called on the mem­bers of the clergy and the faith­ful to pray for Vi­dal, who con­tin­ues to recu- per­ate at the hos­pi­tal.

“The doc­tors will do their very best, but the fi­nal say will al­ways be God. Let us pray that he will com­pletely re­cover. The church needs him, par­tic­u­larly his ad­vices (sic),” he said.

Since 2014, Vi­dal has been go­ing in and out of the hos­pi­tal due to pneu­mo­nia.

Last May, he was con­fined at a hos­pi­tal in Manila for the same ail­ment.

In 2004, Vi­dal un­der­went a coro­nary an­giogram pro­ce­dure, an ex­am­i­na­tion of the heart and blood ves­sels, and had a pace­maker in­stalled to mon­i­tor his heart­beat.

On Septem­ber 23, 2013, Vi­dal was rushed to the hos­pi­tal af­ter a mild stroke.

Vi­dal was arch­bishop of Cebu for 29 years be­fore he re­tired in 2011.

The na­tive of Mog­pog in Marinduque chose to spend his re­tire­ment years in Cebu where he con­tin­ues to pre­side over Masses and at­tend spe­cial events in the coun­try’s big­gest arch­dio­cese.

Since his re­tire­ment, he has been stay­ing at the Sto. Niño Vil­lage in Cebu City.

Vi­dal is one of the coun­try’s four liv­ing car­di­nals. The oth­ers are Manila Arch­bishop Luis An­to­nio Car­di­nal Ta­gle, Cota­bato Arch­bishop Or­lando Car­di­nal Quevedo, and Manila Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Gau­den­cio Car­di­nal Ros­ales.


Cebu Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal cel­e­brates his 86th birth­day in this Feb. 7, 2017 photo in his house at Sto. Niño Vil­lage in Barangay Bani­lad, Cebu City.

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