A newborn’s cries rarely echo anymore though the hallways of what passes as a hospital on the ravaged island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico.
“We miss it,” said Dennisse Bermúdez Colón, a nurse.
Hurricane Maria closed the island’s only labor and delivery room, forcing expectant mothers to travel, usually by sea, to the big island eight miles away to have their babies. Just a few emergency births have taken place in an old storm shelter converted into a provisional clinic.
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Hunger and an ‘Abandoned’ Hospital: Puerto Rico Waits as Washington Bickers
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