By: Elena Grace Flores
Being aware of the surroundings despite looking for Pikachu of the popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go, made a player from Davao City rescued the life of a man initially diagnosed to have suffered heatstroke. Bon Vallite, 29, was playing the game outside a hotel compound when he saw Dondie Mark Gadon vomiting blood and was very weak.
“So it turned out, instead of finding my first Picachu character in Pokemon Go, I find a man looking for help while he was flimsy and later vomited blood,” Vallite said.
Vallite, a first aider from Sultan Kudarat then conducted first aide procedures on the man, then identified as Dondie Mark Gadon from Tagum City. “I gave him water, laid his back to the wall because he is bending downwards to breath comfortable as he keeps on vomiting and since I have bottled water with me, I put some to his face to normalize his pressure”, Vallite described his rescue moves.
Vallite asked a security guard nearby to call emergency number 911. An ambulance then came a few minutes after and Gadon was brought to the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center. Initial assessment showed Gadon had a heatstroke. Pokemon Go, was just launched in the Philippines recently by Niantic, Inc. Players are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings at all times while using the application right at the beginning of the game. However, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)warned motorists not to play the game while driving – just like not texting while behind the wheels.