Kris Aquino shares health update: ‘Time is now my enemy’

    MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino bids farewell to her followers and friends as she flies to the US for her long-term treatment of rare health condition.

    Kris Aquino seeks long-term treatment for EGPA in the US
    Kris Aquino seeks long-term treatment for EGPA in the US | Screengrab: Instagram/Kris Aquino

    In an Instagram post on Friday, June 3, the celebrity host-actress shared an update on her health.

    Kris confirmed that she’s suffering from an extremely rare form of vasculitis called Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA).

    According to the American Lung Association, EGPA is “an ultra-rare disease” where there is inflammation of the blood vessels resulting in the restriction of blood flow, causing organ damage in the body if left untreated.

    Kris’ attending physician, Dr. Niño Gavino is a Filipino-American doctor based in Houston. According to Dr. Gavino’s statement, EGPA explains Kris’ weight loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, and fluctuating blood pressure. Dr. Gavino explained that they plan to rule out Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus.

    Dr. Gavino added that Kris would have to take lifetime medication to survive.

    “The subsequent 9-12 months will be crucial for us to see if she (Aquino) can achieve remission and continue the regimen further because to survive, Ms. Aquino will have to make whichever combination works, her lifetime maintenance medicine,” he stated.

    The doctor explained that Kris’ medical condition is extremely rare, with a survival rate of 62% of 5 years with medication. “With no medical intervention overall, the life expectancy of those with EGPA is at about 25%. With the proper treatment, the 5-year survival rate is at 62%. Only 1 in every 1 million people get this form of vasculitis per year. That is how rare and hard to treat Ms. Aquino’s case is,” Dr. Gavino added.

    Because of her condition, Kris said she would have to leave for the US for at least 18-24 months to undergo treatment. She said she’s running after time, hoping the disease hasn’t caused too much damage.

    “Time is now my enemy, naghahabol kami hoping na wala pang permanent damage to the blood vessels leading to my heart,” she wrote.

    Kris will be shying away from social media for a while as she goes through this challenge.

    “So many people to thank but I choose to do that privately. #grateful. For now and the next few years- sadly, it’s goodbye. Praying na kayanin ng katawan ko itong matinding pagsubok,” Kris said.

    Earlier, Kris denied rumors that she was already dying, saying she’s still fighting for her life. She confirmed that she’s battling three medical conditions: spontaneous urticaria, autoimmune thyroiditis, and late-stage 3 of Churg Strauss Syndrome, also known as eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA).

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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