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Puerto Rico still lacking proper medical facilities since hurricane

January 24, 2020

The family of a teen who died in Vieques, Puerto Rico, is blaming the lack of proper medical equipment and facilities they say could have kept her alive, according to an article on the NBC News website.

Vieques, a smaller island off the coast of Puerto Rico, has not had a functioning hospital since it was destroyed during Hurricane Maria more than two years ago, the article said.

A local clinic was not equipped to help the teen because it did not have a functioning respirator to give her the oxygen she needed.

The teen died on the way to the mainland on an air ambulance.

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