Before Hurricane Maria struck, destroying their dwelling and about 250 others in this southwestern coastal city, Heyda Ortiz thought she was defending her aged mother and father by bringing them to a shelter.
But final week, the shelter misplaced electrical energy, which her 84-year-old bedridden father, Eddie Ortiz — a U.S. Army veteran affected by Alzheimer’s — wanted to modify his hospital mattress and keep away from ulcers. Another aged man there died. A girl on a ventilator was transferred to a nursing dwelling, however it had room for less than her. The space nonetheless lacked cellphone service, so Ortiz couldn’t name kinfolk for assist.
“We had nowhere else to go,” mentioned Ortiz’s mom, Antonia Morales.
After San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz made an impassioned plea for speedy, lifesaving support, President Trump responded with a sequence of tweets Saturday that praised Gov. Ricardo Rossello and restoration efforts and attacked Cruz, saying she was amongst those that “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
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