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  • Ruby Rodriguez Says Aside From Rare Disease, Son AJ Has 'Intellectual Disability'

    “His brain is delayed at his biological age.”
    by Maria Pilapil .
Ruby Rodriguez Says Aside From Rare Disease, Son AJ Has 'Intellectual Disability'
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  • Ruby Rodriguez was a long-time host of the noontime show, Eat Bulaga! so it came as a surprise when she announced that she was leaving the country and moving to the United States with her family.

    In an interview with Pep.ph back in June, Ruby shared that the reason she migrated was for her youngest son, AJ. He has Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP), a rare autoimmune disease that targets the internal organs.

    He also has an intellectual disability, which means “his brain is delayed to his biological age.” Ruby shared this in an interview with Pia Arcangel on her show Tunay Na Buhay.

    Back when Ruby and her family were still in the Philippines, the actress shared that AJ’s needs, like medicines, were bought using Ruby’s earnings and would cost more than Php 25,000 a month. 

    “Diyan, covered ng bulsa mo,” she recalls. “Sa isang buwan ang gamot niya, P25,000, isang gamot lang niya 'yun. E marami pa siyang iba.”


    Now that she and her family are in the States, AJ’s medical treatments are covered by insurance. Ruby is a U.S. permanent resident, and has been going back and forth to the U.S. for a decade. Her husband, Mark Aquino, and their children are all U.S. citizens. Ruby’s siblings are also based there.

    Ruby and her family left the Philippines for the U.S. back in May of this year. She is currently working at the legal department of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California. 

    The mom shares that one of the factors for their move to the U.S. was her son's medical needs and learning disability. “All I want for my son is [to be] a functioning member of society,” she says.

    “I'm not gonna force him to take college kung hindi na niya kakayanin. Basta ang kailangan, puwede niyang ma-support 'yung sarili niya kapag wala na kami,” she adds.

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    Ruby knows the importance of being there for her family, saying in a PEP.ph interview, “Since kailangan niyang mag-medical treatment dito, alangan namang wala ang ina? Puwedeng wala ang ama pero ang ina, hindi. Family first, he’s my son. Bakit ba tayo nagtatrabaho? Bakit pa ako magtatrabaho, para sa mga anak ko, lalo na para kay AJ."

    Click here for five signs you should look out for if you suspect that your child has a learning disability.

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