Reggaeton stars Bad Bunny and Ozuna ask fans for help to save the life of a Dominican boy in need of a heart transplant.

By Lena Hansen
January 25, 2018 01:33 PM
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Bad Bunny and Ozuna are campaigning hard to save the life of a Dominican boy. The urban artists have used their enormous platforms to help raise funds for a 13-year-old named Andy Reyes who’s in urgent need of a heart transplant. The teen, currently residing at a hospital in the Cayman Islands and desperately in need of hundreds of thousands of dollars for his medical expenses, has already endured four surgeries, but his life now depends on a heart transplant.

After Dominican YouTube sensation Killadamente posted a video of the boy from his hospital bed on Jan. 18, the reggaeton stars responded by donating $100,000 each and urging their followers to contribute to the good cause.

In a moving video shared on Jan. 19, Ozuna pushed his fans to come the youth’s aide: “I came to Instagram to reach millions,” he said. “To help Andy, our child, a child of the world, from the Dominican Republic, who needs a lot of money for an operation. A lot of us throw away money on clothes, jewelry, houses — especially us artists. What better than to take out just a little bit of all that we earn to support this great kid, who needs a lot? I, Juan Carlos ‘Ozuna,’ want to donate a portion, along with my colleagues Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Wisin y Yandel, to collect $380,000 that is still needed. Let’s get together and help this little kid.”

In an emotional video message, Bad Bunny also advocated on the ailing teen’s behalf: “I want to talk to you about a movement that has emerged in social media about a boy named Andy that needs our support for a very expensive surgery. His life depends on that right now. Ozuna will donate $100,000. He invited me to do it and I will also donate $100,000… and I would like to invite, not only artists but everyone who is watching this video, all my fans, to donate $1, $10, $20, whatever you can. It will be of great help to save the life of this boy who depends on this very expense operation and needs a miracle.”

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Reyes has been placed on a heart and lung support machine called ECMO that keeps him alive while he waits for good news. Thanks to the duo’s fundraising efforts, the Andy Reyes Go Fund Me page reports that he’s already achieved $515,648 of his $800,000 goal.