Jaworski family searching for answers as basketball legend suffers from rare blood disorder

Published October 13, 2021, 10:14 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Robert Jaworski

The family of Robert Jaworski is still finding ways to deal with a blood disorder that has been affecting arguably the most popular figure in Philippine basketball.

Dodot Jaworski told broadcast journalist Anthony Taberna that the condition has affected the iconic cage legend and former senator since he was first diagnosed in 2016.

“There are days when he’s in very high spirits and he’s doing well. Merong mga araw rin na tahimik din siya,” the younger Jaworski said on Taberna’s YouTube channel.

“Sana nga bumalik ang kanyang sigla at lakas, pero tuloy-tuloy yung aming paghahanap ng paraan para mahanap namin talaga kung anung cause ng blood disorder na sinasabi natin,” he added.

Jaworski’s state of health was first made public on his 75th birthday in early-March, but it was only during Taberna’s online platform that a few details were revealed.

Dodot, who will run for vice mayor of Pasig City under the ticket of incumbent mayor Vico Sotto, said doctors couldn’t figure out as to why the head of the Jaworski patriarch is dealing with the blood abnormality.

He also added that the high iron levels that likely benefited “The Living Legend” during his playing days are causing him to feel weak.

“It’s a problem na elevated ang kanyang iron, so he has very high iron levels, pero at the same time anemic siya. So for the past few years, we’ve been trying to look for doctors here and abroad but none of them can understand kung ano yung nangyayari sa kanya,” said Dodot.

“It could be na yung high iron levels niya is one of the reasons kung bakit para siyang naging super athlete compared to the others. But then, it could be a reason na medyo humina siya bigla.”