On February 12, Monday, “It’s Showtime” host Vice Ganda returned to the show after a successful kidney stone removal surgery. While recuperating, he claimed Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez became an instrument of God’s healing upon him.
In an Instagram post on February 11, Vice shared a photo taken during #paMORE concert of Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera and Erik Santos on February 10 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. With the photo, the “Unkabogable” star wrote: “@reginevalcasid has always been my hero. Seeing her and hearing her sing make me feel alright. The Lord uses her to heal me.”
Vice was among thousands of fans of Regine who watched the concert which was his first appearance in public after the surgery. In previous interviews, Vice had been vocal to admit being an avid fan of the Songbird who makes it a point to watch her performances in concerts.
Because of his operation, Vice had to cancel his travel to Kannawidan Festival in Vigan, Ilocos Sur last February 3. He also failed to appear in the concert of James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s “Revolution” at the Araneta Coliseum on February 9.
Meanwhile, in a message sent to ABS-CBN, Dr. Tina Viceral, Vice Ganda’s sister, explained the procedure and thanked the people who prayed for Vice’s safety and fast recovery.
“Vice had ureteral colic, a condition when a stone from the kidney falls and gets stuck in the tube connecting the kidney to the urinary bladder. Urine could not pass, resulting in a pressure buildup in the kidney, thus the pain.”
“The first plan for Vice was extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy to fragment the stone in the ureter and using IV contrast to locate the stone. However, even with the IV contrast, the stone remained not targetable so the urologist revised the treatment plan to cystoscopy, insertion of stent.”
“This is a minimally invasive procedure which bypasses the obstructing stone. This allows urine to pass thus relieving the pain. He is being given a medication to dissolve the stones.”
“Thank you to all of you who prayed for Vice!”