Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal has been confined in a private hospital in Cebu City since Wednesday for a variety of ailments.
But Dr. Rene Bullecer denied that the 86-year-old prelate suffered cardiac arrest.
He said that Vidal was admitted at the Perpetual Succour Hospital in the morning after experiencing nausea and shortness of breath. The latter’s condition worsened in the afternoon when he lost consciousness.
Bullecer said Vidal semi-comatose.
Because of Vidal’s condition, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Cebu Auxiliary bishop Dennis Villarojo went to the hospital to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction.
But Msgr. Joseph Tan, Cebu Archdiocesan spokesperson, clarified that it did not mean that Vidal is was near death, as the sacrament can also be applied for healing the sick or to anyone undergoing major health issues.
Vidal woke up yesterday, and his vital signs have stabilized, said Fr. Jojo de Aquino, Vidal’s secretary, but he still can’t talk.
Local church officials urged everyone to pray for Vidal’s speedy recovery.
Vidal has been plagued with health problems since retiring in 2011. Four years ago, Vidal was rushed to the same hospital after suffering a mild stroke./