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Pitbull & Mark Cuban saving cancer patients in Puerto Rico

Pitbull has sent his private jet to Puerto Rico to fly cancer patients in need of chemotherapy to the United States.

The rapper, who hails from Miami, is one of many celebrities sending help to the US territory after Hurricane Maria cut power across the entire island. 

‘Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,’ he said in a statement. 

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has also sent a private plane, with the team’s Puerto Rican point guard J.J. Barea to bring stacks of supplies to victims. 

Mark Cuban

Pitbull (left) has sent his jet to to fly cancer patients in need of chemotherapy to the United States. Mark Cuban (right), owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has also sent a private plane

‘They loaded up a bunch of stuff, supplies, etc. to take over to Puerto Rico, and they’re going to turn around and come back,’ coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN. 

‘He’s going to take his mom and grandmother back with him, and my understanding is his dad is going to stay over there and slug it out with all the recovery efforts.’ 

Hurricane Maria was a category 4 when it throttled the island with 155mph winds.

As of Wednesday, at least 26 people had died as a result of the floods and mayhem.

Now the island’s 3.4 million citizens are struggling for food, clean water, phone connection, fuel and medical supplies.

Experts warn it could be six months before power returns to the island, leaving residents to rely on generators and shipped-in supplies until March – with no air conditioning to weather the heat and no clean water to bathe. 

For cancer patients, the power outage is critical. 

Currently, the island’s generators are being used only by high priority sites such as hospitals, but not all have them and they are all overloaded with patients.

Babies have been delivered in local clinics or on the side of the street, while trauma patients are being ferried from clinic to clinic. 

Medics have been trying to move all dialysis and chemotherapy patients to hospitals with power but with a lack of fuel it is proving difficult. 

Hurricane Maria (aerial view pictured) was a category 4 storm which cut power across the entire island

Hurricane Maria (aerial view pictured) was a category 4 storm which cut power across the entire island

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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