Jaworski suffering from rare blood disorder, family still in search for cure

MANILA, Philippines – Robert "Dodot" Jaworski Jr. said his father, PBA legend Robert "Sonny" Jaworski, is still recovering from pneumonia last year and also suffering from a rare blood disorder that has left him vulnerable to other diseases.

Dodot asks for prayer for Robert Jaworski as he suffers from a rare blood disease
Dodot asks for prayer for Robert Jaworski as he suffers from a rare blood disease | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

He explained the PBA legend's condition during an interview on Anthony Taberna's Tune in kay Tunying. Dodot revealed, "Mayroon siyang blood disease e. It's a problem na elevated ang kanyang iron... pero at the same time anemic siya."

The younger Jaworski admitted that their family has been in search of a cure that could help their father. "For the past so many years, we've been trying to look for doctors here and abroad but none of them can understand anong nangyayari sa kanya. He's okay naman but he's not 100% physical strength," Dodot said.

Jaworski's lengthy PBA career earned him the title of "Living Legend" in the Philippines. Despite the pride the title brings, Dodot claims that his father's basketball career took its toll on his health.

"Sa long exposure niya sa physical strain ng hardcourt, siyempre lumalabas ang sakit ng tuhod, sakit sa likod," he said.

"Inaalagaan siya sa bahay niya sa Corinthians. There are days he's in high spirits, doing very well. May mga araw lang namang tahimik din siya. Sana nga bumalik 'yung kanyang sigla at lakas," Dodot added.

Dodot believes that his father's ability to play basketball for such a long time was due to his high level of iron. However, as Jaworski grew older, his health deteriorated dramatically.

"He retired from the PBA at the age of 50. It could be 'yung high iron levels is one of the reasons why parang naging super active siya compared to the others. Now ngayong nagkaka-edad siya, it could be the reason why humina siyang bigla," he said.

To help his father complete his recovery, Dodot has asked for prayers.

"Sa lahat ng mga fans... we thank you for the well wishes, pero kailangan po ng dasal para tuluyan na siyang gumaling," he said.

Earlier this year, the Jaworski family shared an update on the PBA legend's health condition. They shared that Jaworski is suffering from a non-life threatening blood abnormality that was discovered by his doctors in 2016. Since then, the former senator has experienced difficulty in regaining strength, weight and normal well-being.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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