Canadian tourist gives back to Palawan hospital

Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Sep 08 2017 12:57 PM | Updated as of Sep 08 2017 01:02 PM

It was supposed to be John Abou-Samra’s vacation of the year. After a few days in El Nido, Palawan last June, Samra then traveled to Coron to explore the beautiful island.

But the vacation took an ugly turn while he was exploring Kayangan Lake.

“I asked someone to take a picture of me, and then after she took picture, I moved to this side to sit down. While I moved, two of this wood, they split, and my right leg sank between them up to my hip. Until now I still have the pain,” said Samra.

The injury left Samra black and blue for weeks. But he is thankful there was no bleeding given his medical condition.

Samra was brought to the Coron District Hospital the next day for X-ray and treatment.

“Two nurses took care of me in a way I could not imagine, plus in the half an hour I stayed in the hospital, I heard the word ‘sir’ more than 25 times. Even when I was wearing something very casual; I looked like a homeless person, they never stopped calling me sir,” he said.

The brief experience left such a mark on the tourist. He’s giving back by doing something the hospital will never forget.

After weeks of communication with the hospital’s Dr. Edgardo Flores, Samra has ordered the initial batch of equipment for donation, which includes an ECG Defibrillator, and many more.

Samra will head to Coron late September to personally deliver the donation.

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