Vi­dal ‘awake’

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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./

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