After Teen Girl Dies of Flu, Puerto Ricans Demand Hospital Destroyed by Hurricane Mar?a Be Rebuilt

By Raquel Reichard | 2 hours ago

In Vieques, a Puerto Rican island east of the mainland, a teenage girl died of the flu, and her family is blaming the death on the government for not rebuilding the municipality’s only hospital since it was destroyed two years ago during Hurricane Mar?a.

Jaideliz Moreno Ventura, 13, died of flu-like symptoms on January 12. The teen began feeling ill days earlier. Her family took her to a hospital on the mainland on January 10, where she was tested for influenza. When the results returned negative, she and her family went back to Vieques.

There, however, the girl’s symptoms worsened. On the day of her death, she began convulsing. Without a functioning hospital, the teen’s family took her to a local clinic. However, staff at the facility did not have the resources to care for Ventura. The girl, in need of a respirator to give her oxygen, was flown to the mainland in an air ambulance. She died on the way...