Jan 192015
After millions of Filipinos tried to get a glimpse of Pope Francis at engagements during his five-day visit to the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross recorded more than 3,000 cases of medical emergencies during the period.

According to a report on GMA News’ “24 Oras,” one of them was a heart attack victim who already had no pulse when he was rescued by the Metro Manila Development Authority and volunteers of the Philippine National Red Cross.

“Dinala namin sa ambulance natin. We brought the patient to our emergency field hospital. Habang dinadala duon, nire-revive, pulse-less, walang pulso. Na-revive yung patient,” 

The Red Cross recorded 1,000 minor injuries.

Many of the cases that the group and the Department of Health recorded involved hypothermia, high blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, and heart attacks.

In the case of Tomas Dimaano, he fell from a bridge on Quirino Avenue while Pope Francis’ convoy passed by, supposedly due to the pushing and jostling among the crowd.

He was helped and brought to a hospital.

Several complained of dizziness and lost consciousness at the corner of Orosa and Kalaw Streets while waiting for Sunday’s Mass.

While some had to lie on the ground, others were placed on stretchers but could not immediately be brought out of the area because of the number of people. Joel Locsin/NB, GMA News

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