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Heart Evangelista talks to one-legged cancer patient who walked from Masinag to checkpoint to get to PGH

Heart Evangelista reached out to the one-legged cancer patient who was forced to walk from Antipolo to a government checkpoint along Marcos Highway amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Cynthia Espiritu, who posted her experience on Facebook, couldn't contain her joy when the Kapuso actress and style icon talked to her via Messenger video on Thursday.

"I still can't believe," Cynthia wrote on Facebook. "Ms heart totoo ba ito. Napakasaya ng puso ko sobra." 

She added, "Cant wait to meet in person soon. Mabuhay ka ms heart. God bless you."

Cynthia told GMA News Online that Heart was the one who got in touch with her, adding she felt "happy and blessed."

She revealed that Heart even offered financial support for her family, and aid in procuring a prosthetic leg.

Heart came under fire on Twitter after thanking Cynthia for "inspiring others to smile." When asked about the bashing the Kapuso celebrity received, Cynthia came to Heart's defense.

"Wala naman masama sa post niya, ni Ms. Heart," she said.

According to Cynthia, it was a huge thing for people with disabilities (PWDs) like her to be acknowledged for their sacrifices.

"Para sa isang katulad ko na may kapansanan, napakalaki na bagay na ma-recognize 'yung hirap at sakripisyo namin even in a small thing."

Cynthia, who has bone cancer and uses crutches, had to walk part of her way to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) from Masinag, Antipolo due to the suspension of public transportation in Metro Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of Friday, the Philippines has 230 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 18 reported deaths. --Angelica Y. Yang/MGP, GMA News