Puerto Rican hospital but energy struggles to provide patients

CANÓVANAS, Puerto Rico —   President Trump on Thursday put Puerto Rico on notice, tweeting that FEMA, the U.S. military and first responders can’t stay there “forever.” That is in pointy contrariety to his promises to Texas and florida — to mount by them after they were hit by hurricanes.

More than 3 weeks after Puerto Rico was scorched by Maria, many still don’t have electricity or celebration water — and many roads sojourn blocked. CBS News’ David Begnaud, who has reported extensively on Puerto Rico, reports from Canóvanas. 

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At the Canóvanas Medical Center, the power went out Thursday. Again. Patients were watchful by candlelight for medical attention.


Dr. Carlos Mellado helps fill the generator

Begnaud spoke to Dr. Carlos Mellado, who was seeing patients when CBS News arrived — and when the lights went on. Mellado pronounced they had run out diesel.  

“Yeah we have this, we have to refill it,” pronounced Dr. Carlos Mellado.

Outside, hospital employees were trying to refuel the generator that was supposing by FEMA. They had an additional tub of diesel that they were siphoning.  

Mellado jumped in to help. After spilling diesel on himself, he cleared his hands and took CBS News with him to the ER. 


Dr. Carlos Mellado

He forked to the pharmacy, which is run by Yolanda Guzman. Her group is dispensing remedy for free, and worrying about the billing later. 

A high-pitched alarm is an unconstrained sign that 84 percent of the island is still but power.

“I consider that my disappointment is the response to the sovereign government,” Mellado said.

But Mr. Trump is already melancholy to extent sovereign help, even as residents onslaught to find purify water amid fears floodwaters are swelling disease.

Jorge Sanyet Morales, 61, is believed to have died of Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection widespread by infested water. It should have been simply treatable with antibiotics. On Thursday, in the plateau above Canóvanas, it looked as if the whole encampment came to lay him to rest.


The wake for Jorge Sanyet Morales

Morales’ death is believed to be one of 4 deaths due to bacterial disease. Regarding Mr. Trump’s twitter that FEMA can’t stay here forever, all the people indicated no one is asking for forever, they’re just asking for some-more help, right now. 

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