Twenty doctors from our area are heading to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria.
Even weeks after the storm hit, hospitals and healthcare facilities are still struggling to help the island’s residents recover.
A passion for helping people in need – that’s what these doctors have in common.
The healthcare professionals with a wide range of specialties from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are making the four-hour trip to Puerto Rico from Teterboro Airport Wednesday.
Once they land in San Juan, the doctors are expected to hit the ground running. They’ll be touring hospitals and speaking with patients to assess the island’s healthcare needs.
Doctor Ernani Sadural says they’re prepared to work in tough conditions with limited resources.
The trip, which was planned in less than a week, is bringing together CareOne and Robert Wood Johnson/ Barnabas Health, two of the state’s largest healthcare providers.
CareOne has been taking critically ill people from Puerto Rico back to the continental United States to get them help.
A plane leaving from Miami today can take up to 50 people.
The doctors are only in Puerto Rico for the day and will be back in New Jersey by Wednesday night.
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