Conservative Radio Host Phil Valentine COVID Update As Family Says Lungs 'Critical Issue'

Doctors are focusing on treating the lungs of conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine, in what his family has described as a "critical issue."

Valentine, who hosts a show on Nashville, Tennessee-based radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, was diagnosed with COVID in mid-July.

He hit headlines after his family said he regretted "not being more vehemently 'Pro-Vaccine'" after publicly expressing skepticism about COVID shots before being hospitalized by the disease.

They said he now plans to "vigorously advocate" for them.

On Monday, fellow SuperTalk 99.7 WTN host Dan Mandis told Phil Valentine's fans in a Facebook post on his family's behalf: "They are working on his lungs, that's the critical issue right now. Other problems will come along but right now the focus is on his lungs. I'm hoping to have another update soon. #PrayForPhil."

The post comes after updates on Valentine's condition from his family became less frequent for a short period, after his brother Mark Valentine made several media appearances on outlets including CNN when it first emerged that he was fighting for his life late last month.

Mandis wrote on Facebook on Monday that Phil Valentine's family said there may not be daily updates on his condition.

The post received over 1,000 Facebook likes, and users thanked Mandis for the information and sent their well-wishes to Phil Valentine.

On July 28, Phil Valentine's family revealed his condition had escalated to the extent that he needed to be put on a ventilator, a type of life support machine, "to give his body much needed rest."

In an update on Sunday, Mandis wrote on Facebook: "Phil remains in critical condition this morning. There isn't much new to report, but your continued prayers and support are appreciated. #PrayforPhil."

Later that day, Mandis said Phil Valentine's atrial fibrillation, where the heartbeat is irregular, had improved, as well as his blood pressure.

"The hope now is that his dependence on the vent [ventilator] will decrease and his lungs will improve," Mandis wrote.

On Saturday, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN tweeted an on-air conversation between Mandis and long-time producer and music director of The Phil Valentine Show, Johnny B, where Mandis said "everybody misses Phil."

Mandis said he spoke to a listener on Facebook who said Phil Valentine's bumper music brings her to tears.

Johnny B told listeners: "I know I'd be emotional about this, but not to the point that I have. It's been a very dark period, actually. I've really had to talk to myself, and my wife has helped me tremendously, my family's helped me, and it's not been easy. And my co-workers too have been very wonderful."

He said Phil Valentine is "just the nicest guy and loves to help people out."

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Conservative talk show radio host Phil Valentine is pictured on the right. Valentine is currently hospitalised with COVID. Mark Valentine