- Saab Magalona praised and congratulated Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi for being first in line to publicly receive Sinovac inoculation in the Philippines
- Legaspi, a neurosurgeon and the Director of Philippine General Hospital, was inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine in a televised event and also streamed live online
- Magalona then revealed that Dr. Gap saved the life of her son, Pancho
- The actress said that the doctor performed two brain surgeries on her son, both of which were successful
Saab Magalona took to Twitter to praise and congratulate Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi for being the first person in the Philippines to be publicly inoculated with Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine.
While everyone may be already aware of Dr. Gap's much-celebrated vaccination with the newly-arrived COVID-19 vaccine, little did the public know that he made a huge impact on the life of Saab, a Filipina actress, blogger, and podcaster.
“This man saved my son’s life. He performed two successful brain surgeries on Pancho and I am forever grateful. I wish Dr. Gap well and pray for the best for the Philippines’ healthcare workers,” the celebrity blogger said.
After reports about the immunization of Dr. Legaspi flooded the newswires, the actress lost no time in posting her congratulatory message on social media. She also attached photos of her son Pancho and news articles about the doctor along with the revelation that he actually saved her son’s life.
Saab then extended prayers for the popular doctor and other healthcare workers who underwent inoculation with CoronaVac vaccine. Many Twitter followers of the blogger, upon seeing her post, chimed in with their own take on the PGH doctor.
In a reply to Saab’s tweet, one of her followers, Josefina Policarpio Trinidad, who goes by the handle of @JosefinaPolica3, said “The best neurosurgeon in the Philippines! We will be forever grateful to him for the delicate surgery he has performed for my niece Marilen!”
Another Twitter follower @bellejoietan disclosed that Dr. Gap also performed brain surgery on her daughter when she was still an infant and now, she is 20 years old.
“He saved my aunt's life. Will forever be grateful to him. Praying for him and all our healthcare workers. They are all heroes.,” @ElleOfTheLib posted in reply.
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Saab’s son Pancho was born two months short of his expected date of delivery. The actress recalled she would not stop bleeding in February and that was when they lost Pancho’s twin, Luna. As the Magalona couple were bidding their infant daughter goodbye, the doctors advised them to might as well say their goodbyes to Pancho because it looked like he wasn’t going to last the night. Miraculously, he survived but he suffered many complications, including inflammation of his ventricles in the brain. Dr. Gap Legaspi then performed two successful brain surgeries on Pancho to resolve the problem and today, Saab’s son is enjoying his life as a toddler.
Saab Magalona had previously opened up on how she truly felt about her second pregnancy. In an Instagram post, she revealed that she and her husband Jim Bacarro are expecting baby number two. According to her, she thinks that their second baby is the twin sister of Pancho who has come back to them.
The actress also said that when she delivered her second child, Vito, he weighed 9.2 lbs. Though it was not a girl as she thought, Saab said she was just glad Vito's delivery was okay.
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