- Ruby Rodriguez, in an interview, disclosed the real reason why she decided to live with her entire family in the US for the meantime
- She said that she wanted her son to seek medical treatment for his condition in the United States
- The former co-host of the Philippines’ number 1 show, Eat Bulaga!, said that her son has ‘intellectual disability’
- Ruby explained his son’s brain is delayed for his biological age
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Ruby Rodriguez recently was the guest of GMA TV show, ‘Tunay na Buhay’, where she disclosed the real reason why she and her entire family opted to live in the United States for the time being.
She said that she wanted her son to undergo treatment in the United States.
The actress and TV host said that her son has a medical condition called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, or HSP, which is characterized by the delayed development of the brain.
As a result, it makes a 20-year-old child talk, act, and think like an 8-year-old kid.
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“He has intellectual disability, it means his brain is delayed at his biological age,” Ruby revealed during the interview.
She said they noticed the medical condition manifest in her son when he was still 6 years old.
“The HSP is not naman really rare, it's not extremely rare. But it happens, pero one attack lang. Ang rare is a chronic attack of HSP, which AJ had. Because of his chronic attack, ang HSP damages internal organs specifically the kidneys” the former Eat Bulaga! co-host explained.
She also disclosed during the interview that back in the Philippines, she would use most of her earnings on AJ’s medications. Ruby said her son’s medical expenses reaches more than P25,000 each month.
Now that they’re in the US, her son’s medical treatment is being cared for by the insurance company.
“My factor is for him to be a better child, because all I want for my son is a functioning member of society,” Ruby disclosed.
She also said she’s not going to force her son to go to college if he could not handle it.
“I'm not gonna force him to take college kung hindi na niya kakayanin. Basta ang kailangan, puwede niyang ma-support 'yung sarili niya kapag wala na kam,” Ruby revealed.
Their entire family went to the US way back in May of this year.
Ruby Rodriguez is a Pinay actress-comedienne and formerly, one of the co-hosts of “Eat Bulaga!,” the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines. She was born on January 10, 1966. Ruby began her professional career as a preschool teacher, though she later secured a role in the TV sitcom Okay ka, Fairy Ko! In 1991, she began appearing as one of the hosts of “Eat Bulaga!” She was 25 years old at the time and replaced Helen Vela who abruptly left the noontime show because of health reasons. Vela died a year later. In 2021, Ruby officially bid goodbye to the noontime show she co-hosted for 30 years to focus on taking care of her son, who has special needs, in the United States. At the moment, the former “Eat Bulaga!” co-host is working at the Philippine Consulate Office in Los Angeles, California.
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Ruby Rodriguez has finally opened up about rumors about whether she was removed from the noontime show or she left it. During a virtual media conference of Viva Artists Agency on May 31, she started to open up about the issue. She said that she actually took a leave of absence because even before the pandemic, she has already started making plans to take that leave. Although she was told that she will always have a home in Eat Bulaga, it was a matter of management's decision when they selected whom they will allow to go back when it started airing again.
The actress has been missing from “Eat Bulaga” for many months. In a now-deleted post, she revealed that she now has an office job in Los Angeles, California. The comedienne also posted a photo of herself wearing a mask inside her new office on her first day of work. It was last September when she replied “sila ang tanungin mo” to a netizen who asked about her absence on “Eat Bulaga.”