Sue Ramirez opened up about her late father during a guesting in the morning talk show Magandang Buhay. The actress said it was less of a pain and more a relief that her father finally passed after 11 years of suffering from a stroke.
Her father James Dodd was a retired senior officer of the US State Department.
According to the 23-year-old Kapamilya actress, her father had a stroke when she was six years old. Since then, he was unable to walk or speak.
“Na-experience ko lang na okay siya anim na taon ng buhay ko at bata pa ako noon. Most of it, I don’t really remember anymore. Mahirap po yung adjustments nung namatay ang dad ko pero more of masakit, mas naging relief siya sa amin ng pamilya ko kasi po pinapanuod mo siya na araw araw, hindi siya maka lakad, hindi siya makapag salita,” Sue recalled.
“So, nahirapan talaga siya ng 11 years bago siya bumitaw and bago niya kami iniwan,” she added.
The day her 78-year-old dad passed was when Sue’s mom told him it was okay to finally go. She was 17 at that time.
“Ilang beses na 50-50, halos every week nasa ospital na. Pero nung time lang na sinabi ng mommy ko na okay na, dun lang siya bumitaw na parang okay na sila,” she shared.
Sue admitted she regrets not being able to help her father while he was sick. “Bata pa kasi ako noon. So kung ngayon siguro yun, ang dami kong gustong gawin para sa kanya na may sakit siya na hindi ko na magagawa, pero yun laging nasa huli po ang pagsisisi,” she said.
Despite her hardships and regrets, she is still grateful for her siblings and especially her mother for being strong for them.
“Ang mommy ko superhero talaga, ibang klase di ko alam paano niya kami nairaos nang ganung katagal. Lima kaming mga anak niya tapos may sakit asawa niya tapos siya lang nagta-trabaho, tumataguyud sa aming lahat so iba talaga,” she proudly shared.