Ex-President Erap now on ventilator due to worsening pneumonia, son says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) — Former President Joseph Estrada, who recently contracted COVID-19, is now using a machine to help him breathe after his pneumonia worsened, his son ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada said on Tuesday.

He said doctors made the recommendation to improve his father's oxygen and prevent his respiratory system from getting overwhelmed.

"Yesterday, my father’s condition suffered a setback as his pneumonia worsened. Because of this and the resulting increase in oxygen requirement, his doctors decided to place him on mechanical ventilation," the younger Estrada wrote on his Facebook page.

He also appealed for more prayers for his father.

Erap's other son, JV Ejercito, said their patriarch was recovering well until his pneumonia suddenly got worse.

"COVID is unpredictable. My dad was recuperating very well the past few days when suddenly it shifted yesterday when his Pneumonia worsened, thus the need to use a ventilator," he said in a tweet.

The 83-year-old former chief executive was rushed to the hospital on March 28 and has tested positive for COVID-19. He was sedated and moved to the intensive care unit on April 4, but his family said then there was no need to put him on a ventilator.

Estrada served as the 13th president of the country for only two years before he was ousted in 2001.