- Pokémon Go player Bon Vallite rescued a man suffering from heatstroke on Saturday afternoon
- Vallite was looking for a Pikachu around the vicinity when he chanced upon the stranger and applied first aid
- The man was later on brought to the hospital and was identified as Mark Gadon
Amid the hype and fans going frenzy over the recent launch of the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go in the country, one player was able to put the mobile craze into better use when he managed to save another person’s life.
29-year old Bon Vallite was in the middle of hunting down a Pikachu a few minutes before 3 in the afternoon outside a hotel compound in Davao City, when he saw a man down on the ground in a weak condition, vomiting blood.
Fortunately, aside from his current work of being a computer consultant, Vallite used to be a medical worker and immediately applied the necessary first aid.
In an interview with GMA News, Vallite shared that aside from giving the man water, he also assisted the stranger in sitting upright against the wall to provide more comfort to his breathing. In an attempt to ‘normalize the man’s pressure,’ Vallite applied some water on his face as well.
Keen to have the man checked right away, the Pokémon trainer requested a nearby security guard to call for help.
The victim, eventually identified as Mark Gadon from Tagum City, was later rushed to the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center where he was initially assessed to have suffered a heatstroke.
Vallite noted how instead of finding and capturing his very own Pikachu on that particular Saturday afternoon, he became a Good Samaritan instead.
Since its release over the weekend, authorities have warned players to find the appropriate time and place to enjoy the game. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reminded that using the app while driving is a crime following the recently passed Anti-Distracted Driving Law.
Pokémon Go’s developer, Niantic, Inc. has also cautioned its aspiring Pokémon masters to be more mindful of their surroundings and avoid being involved in crimes while partaking in the game.
The year’s biggest mobile app has been made available in 14 more countries aside from the Philippines last Saturday, August 6. Included in the list are Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia. Filipinos can now download the game on both Android and iOS devices.