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She was covered in insects and unable to walk: Doctors in Puerto Rico only now discovering the problems in remote towns

She was covered in insects and unable to walk: Doctors in Puerto Rico only now discovering the problems in remote towns

After Hurricane Maria’s landslides and flooding further isolated this mountain town, a volunteer doctor rushed to treat diabetic Brunilda Sovilaro, found on the floor of her home, covered in insects, unable to walk, disoriented and refusing to leave.

“You are sick. You are very hot,” Dr. Jorge Lopez of Orlando, Fla., told the 50-year-old woman. “Your sugar needs to be controlled. You have chest pain. It could be a problem with your heart. You need to go to the hospital.”

Eventually the doctor, a Puerto Rico native who returned to the island from Florida to volunteer, persuaded Sovilaro to board an ambulance to the nearby hospital.

“That lady was going to die if left...

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