A Doctor’s Abandoned Journey Into Isolated Puerto Rico


America, you are failing your citizens

Repeating Islands

A report by Richard Fausset for the New York Times.

Dr. Lissette Gutierrez is normally not one to curse. But when the S.U.V. she was traveling in hit a rut and bounced wildly on a mud road carved into a mountainside — a steep decline inches to her right, the pounding rain all around — an expletive escaped her lips like some rare ugly moth.

It was Saturday afternoon, and Dr. Gutierrez was part of a small medical convoy trying to get to an isolated community called Don Alonso, in the mountainous center of Puerto Rico. There was word that no doctor had been to the place since Hurricane Maria had roared over the island Sept. 20, triggering mudslides throughout the largely rural municipality of Utuado, at least one of them deadly.

Dr. Gutierrez, 45, a gynecologist, is a Puerto Rican living on Long Island, and her decision to…

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