A Canadian tourist was so grateful by the good deed that the locals in Coron did to him that he cancelled his world tour to donate a big amount of money pay his debt of gratitude to the latter.
John Abou-Samra, a tourist who traveled to the Philippines to see the beautiful islands in Palawan last June, first he visited El Nido then after a few days, he traveled to Coron.
But an unfortunate accident happened to him while exploring the Kayangan Lake in Coron Town.
Fortunately, bystanders who saw him quickly aided to pull him up and gave him first aid. The concerned citizens helped him to walk until he reach a boat that would transport him to his hotel.
“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,” he told ABS-CBN News in an interview.
He thought that after that day, everything would be okay, but later on his wounds started to worsen so he decided to ask for a medical treatment.
The attending physician, Dr. Edgar Flores, quickly checked the condition of the tourist by checking his bones and giving him some advise on how he would treat his injuries.
While he was there, the curious tourist noticed the bad condition of the medical center that he visited.
There were lack of medical machinery and even supplies that might help their patients were insufficient or non-existent.
So to pay the hospitality that the people of Coron showed to him, Samra decided to cancel his dream cruise tour, instead he donated some of his money to the medical hospital that treated him.
Despite of being a bus driver, Samra is a known contributor in his community and supported food banks.
According to news reports, Samra donated 1.2-M worth of medical equipment to the medical hospital, several days before his retirement from Coast Mountain Bus Company.
He bought ECG machine, oxygen gauge, stethoscopes, a centrifuge and even a defibrillator which he believes that the hospital that helped him lacks.
In exchange of this, he cancelled his 100 day cruise tour that he long planned when he retired.
Despite of his cancelled plans, Abou-Samra said that his vacation isn’t important; what really matters it the help that he would send to the medical hospital would help many lives.
“If you give them the means, they can work miracles,” Abou-Samra said. “I like to make a difference.” he said.
People of Coron are very thankful that someone sent a big help to them because of a simple help that they did.