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Cristine Reyes Reveals She Suffered Meningitis In 2010: 'I was fighting for my life'

‘I can’t die. I want to live.’
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Cristine Reyes revealed an unforgettable moment in her life over a decade ago.

During the face-to-face press conference for Viva's remake of the K-drama Encounter, Cristine shared that she actually battled meningitis in 2010.

"Naalala ko year 2010 [or] 2009, I had a project with Jeffrey Jeturian called Reputasyon on ABS-CBN. And then I was also doing The Other Woman for Star Cinema and Viva. And then obviously every day ako nagwo-work noon. Na-overfatigue na ako, low immune system. Tinamaan ako ng virus called meningitis."

"Nag-kombulsyon ako habang nagte-taping. They rushed me to the hospital. I stayed in the hospital for almost a month."

Cristine recalls how the doctors initially couldn't figure out what was wrong. They then performed a procedure involving Cristine's spine before officially diagnosing her with meningitis.

"They couldn’t find out what’s going on with me, so they had to get like a water thing sa spine ko to examine the water in my brain. Then 'yon nga, they found out meningitis and it’s deadly."

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ICYDK, meningitis occurs when membranes protecting the brain and spinal cord become inflamed, typically triggered by a bacterial infection.

Cristine says she constantly prayed while she was confined and battled the infection.

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"Sabi ko, 'I can’t die. I want to live.' Kasi sa hospital 'di ba sa bed mo, yung wall laging may crucifix? Merong crucifix doon."

"I remember I think I was fighting for my life, 'I can’t die,' even though I was super weak."

Fortunately, Cristine started getting better after a week. 

"Lumakas ako bigla. Ang sabi lang ng mga doctors kasi it’s really your body that will fight for itself, e, sa mga virus na 'yan. I guess God gave me strength to fight because I asked for it and I didn’t wanna give up."

The Filipino remake of Encounter, starring Cristine and Diego Loyzaga, premiered in March on TV5 and will be soon available on Vivamax beginning July 23, Friday.

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