Puerto Rico

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

By associated press

September 20, 2018

As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out.

In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die.

But the thrice-weekly trips have taken a toll on these frail patients. Five have died in this past year from causes ranging from heart failure to...

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