Colleagues asked for prayers for veteran ABS-CBN journalist Doris Bigornia as she’s scheduled for an open heart surgery after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.
“Stay strong, ma. Maraming nagmamahal sa ‘yo,” Doris’ daughter Nikki Bigornia tweeted late Tuesday, February 23.
Fellow journalists like Karen Davila and Jeff Canoy took to social media to show support for Doris as she goes through this health challenge.
Karen said: “Please pray for our colleague Doris Bigornia. She recently had a heart attack and is in need of open hearrt surgery. Doris, we — your kapamilyas are here for you.”
Entertainment reporter MJ Felipe also requested prayers for Doris’ successful operation.
“Please join us in praying for our very good friend Doris Bigornia @DorisBigornia as she goes thru heart surgery after suffering a heart attack. Dorey, kaya mo yan. Maraming nagmamahal sa yo. Fighting Doray!!!! We love you @nikkibigornia be strong,” MJ said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Former Kapamilya colleague Korina Sanchez took to Instagram to offer prayers for “one of my oldest friends.”
“Graduate of many of life’s hard knocks courses and veteran of many of life’s battles and wars. Aren’t we all? But Doris more than most,” the Rated Korina host wrote.
“Single hero-mom, fierce news correspondent, Mutya Ng Masa, crazy girlfriend, Hugot Queen. Doris is legend on-cam and off. She now fights a major battle in-hospital, for her life. Surgery soon. A prayer from all of you for Doris will surely help,” she added.
MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, who previously had a “public feud” with the reporter, also issued a statement on Wednesday following news of the latter’s health condition.
“Bagamat may pagkakaiba ang bawat tao at merong ding hindi pagkaka unawaan. Hindi kahit kailanman magiging tama ang maghangad ng ikakasama ng ating kapwa.
“Kaya ni Miss Doris yan, alam kong makaka recover din siya kaagad. See you soonest Mam. Get well soon. Our prayers are with you.”
Earlier, Alvin Elchico, co-anchor of Doris on the DZMM Teleradyo program SRO, revealed that the veteran reporter suffered a heart attack.
“Pinapasabi lang po, ang Mutya ng Masa, siya po’y inatake sa puso noong Linggo, papuntang Lunes.”
Alvin said she was rushed to the hospital and is now admitted at the intensive care unit (ICU) to undergo the surgery. He added that he was still able to talk to his co-anchor.
“Siya po’y isinugod sa ospital at ngayon po’y nasa ICU. Kakailanganin po ng open-heart surgery. Ang pamilya po ay humihingi po ng panalangin.
“So, sa ngalan po ng pamilya ni Doris Bigornia, ang Mutya ng Masa, kami po sa DZMM Teleradyo ay humihingi po ng inyong panalangin. Ipagdasal po natin na mapagtagumpayan po ni Doris ang susuungin na pagsubok.”