Ex-Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia was officially discharged from the hospital last Friday, September 5, after staying for almost a week following another angioplasty procedure to clear his blocked arteries. Ely underwent the same procedure twice last year after suffering a heart attack during an out-of-town gig with his current band, Pupil.
In a taped interview with The Buzz which was aired yesterday, September 7, Ely’s partner and manager Diane Ventura disclaimed earlier reports that the band leader suffered another heart attack.
“He underwent angioplasty because nagkaroon ulit ng cholesterol buildup dun sa main artery,” informed Diane. “It’s not actually a heart attack.”
Diane also added that Ely was asked by the doctors to rest for two months for him to recover fully.
The iconic singer-songwriter was admitted after experiencing chest pains while in the middle of the Eraserheads much-anticipated reunion concert held at the Bonifacio Global City open field in Taguig last August 30.
Ely’s recent health dilemma was being linked to stress and exhaustion—both physically and emotionally. Two days before the reunion concert, Ely’s mother, Mrs. Lisette Buendia, succumbed to cardiac arrest. All the preparations leading to the concert plus the loss of a loved one ultimately took its toll on Buendia—who still managed to finish the band’s first set composed of 15 songs—on the night of the actual concert.
ON THE WAY TO RECOVERY. The Buzz also managed to get a few words from some of Ely’s closest friends who were able to visit him at the hospital.
“Last time na bumisita kami nakakalakad siya, nakakapagsalita, kumakain, nakakapag-joke around,” said film director Joyce Bernal.
According to renowned script writer Ricky Lee, who served as Ely’s teacher when the young musician was still a film major student at the University of the Philippines, the incident was a blessing in disguise since it led to the discovery of the serious health malady.
“Sabi nga niya sa amin, it was a good thing din naman na nangyari ‘yon kasi nagkaka-blockage na rin ‘yong isang artery niya, so nadiskubre. Mabuti’t maagapan,” said Lee.
Even Buendia’s former bandmates from the Eraserheads likewise paid a visit, proving that the relationship among the four is now cordial as compared before.
Diane thanked all the fans who prayed for Ely’s recovery and also for understanding the situation, which unfortunately cut short the reunion concert last week.
“He’s in stable condition, we’re expecting a 100 percent full recovery. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to the fans. I’m grateful na the fans are so understanding,” she quipped.
Asked for a message, Diane advised Ely in closing: “Stay in shape, drink your medicine. Wala munang traba-trabaho, kahit mamulubi, importante ang health. Health is wealth.”