ON PITBULL’S PLANE:

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ME­GAN CERULLO and GINGER ADAMS OTIS

JUST WHEN it ap­peared all hope was lost for Puerto Ri­can can­cer pa­tient Ta­nia Cristina Robles, an un­likely hero pulled her from the hor­ror of Hur­ri­cane Maria: Pitbull.

Two weeks be­hind on her treat­ment for stage 3 brain can­cer be­cause of the dev­as­tat­ing storm that wiped out power across Puerto Rico and shut down hos­pi­tals, Robles, 39, couldn’t be­lieve her luck when she learned she could grab a seat on a pri­vate char­ter plane fly­ing from San Juan to Mi­ami on Mon­day.

Her only clue to the iden­tity of her se­cret sav­ior was the mu­sic she heard when she boarded the plane — one of her fa­vorite Pitbull tunes.

“I said, ‘What are the odds that out of all this, I am hav­ing such a great time and they put on the mu­sic I al­ways play when I want to be in a happy mood?’” Robles (photo inset) told the Daily News.

Robles, whose 8-year-old twin daugh­ters re­mained in Puerto Rico, was the only can­cer pa­tient on the plane. She was joined by about 15 pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing re­lief work­ers and a wo­man trav­el­ing with her mother to get treat­ment for Alzheimer’s disease, she said.

Ev­ery­one was shocked when the plane man­ager let slip the name of their mys­tery bene­fac­tor, Ar­mando Chris­tian Perez, the Mi­ami-born en­ter­tainer who has built a global em­pire as Pitbull.

“I couldn’t be­lieve I was ac­tu­ally on this plane, leav­ing for treat­ment. It was a mir­a­cle,” Robles said.

Her jour­ney to the U.S. main­land started nearly a month ago, when two Hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria laid waste to Puerto Rico.

Robles was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer last July and un­der­went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy. Doc­tors be­lieved she was can­cer free un­til dis­cov­er­ing two brain tu­mors .

Robles had emer­gency surgery to re­move one and was sched­uled for the sec­ond when the hur­ri­canes hit. Af­ter Maria, the hos­pi­tal treat­ing her went “pitch black.” She knew she didn’t have months to wait for the is­land to re­cover .

“I told ev­ery­one I know I needed to get out of Puerto Rico,” Robles said. “I knocked on ev­ery door.”

She had no idea that Pitbull’s pri­vate plane had al­ready been car­ry­ing in re­lief sup­plies and fer­ry­ing out med­i­cal pa­tients.

Pitbull, who didn’t pub­li­cize his acts of kind­ness, said he was “just do­ing my part” in a state­ment Tues­day.

Mean­while, Robles hasn’t given up hope on her­self — or of meet­ing Pitbull.

“I want to meet him, I want to hug him, and I want to be a part of his world­wide tour,” she said.

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