Filipina-British actress Yassi Pressman took to Instagram to thank Portland Blazers player Damian Lillard for his generous donation to the rehab effort setup for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which caught fire two weeks ago.
An online donation drive was set up for the hospital led by Pressman – where Lillard poured his donations into.
In a post, Pressman thanked all of those who supported the crowdfunding initiative, which included Lillard.
“Huuuuuge thanks to big brother @DamianLillard for sending over such a generous amount, kahit na wala siya sa Pilipinas, just to be able to help,” she said.
The Blazers’ point guard has visited the Philippines two times, first through “The Last Home Stand” charity basketball event in 2014 and the second time in 2016 through a promo tour for his sneaker sponsor Adidas.
In her message, Pressman also shared her admiration for the people who rescued infants during the fire.
“Ikwinento po nila sakin kung papano nila sinubukang iligtas ang mga sanggol habang nasusunog na ang lugar at halos binubulsa nila yung mga maliliit na bata at manually po nilang pinupump ang oxygen sa mga munting baga nila para lang mabuhay,” she said.
“Saludo po ako sa mga taong di nagdalawang isip at di sumuko na itakbo ang mga sanggol palabas ng ospital, tulungan silang huminga hanggang sa maipasok po ulit ang mga breathing machines nila at mailagay sila sa ligtas na lugar,” Pressman added.
According to Pressman, all the infants survived the ordeal. Before ending her post, Pressman urged people to continue sending in their donations to PGH.
The hospital fire erupted in the pay ward of the PGH on May 16, 2021 – directly above the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
PGH incurred a total of P60 million in damages due to the fire and is still in need of donations.
Those who wish to donate can drop off goods at the hospital while cash donations should be addressed to PGH Medical Foundation Inc.
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Image credit: Yassi Pressman’s Official Instagram Page; Damian Lillard’s Official Instagram Page