>> Treacherous roads and washed away bridges are isolating Puerto Ricans in some of the most impoverished rural areas. And for patients that need medical attention, help is hard to find, especially with cell service mostly down. So a dozen volunteer doctors and medical students from San Juan are taking to the road to find those who need assistance, Reuters Robin Resbo.
>> We traveled with a group of doctors who every day pick a spot on the map and go, and they don't know what they'll find. There's no communication once they get there, and each day they found that patients need prescriptions, they need water, in some cases their generators are running out.
And these are patients that are very sick and vulnerable and have no way of calling for help.>> It's been over two weeks since Puerto Rico was hit with the most destructive hurricane in 90 years, and nearly the entire island still lacks electricity. These patients in an isolated agricultural town of Orocovis depend on a diesel generator to power their breathing equipment.
But diesel fuel is scarce, clean water isn't a given, and supplies of medicine and oxygen are running low. The death toll from the storm more than doubled this week to 36, but doctors say it would be far higher if included people with chronic conditions who died because of lack of medical care.
In the village of San Lorenzo, Maria destroyed a tooling concrete bridge that connected the residents to the outside world, and to the nearby hospital just fifteen minutes away, until the water receded a two hour detour over a perilous mountain road, was the only way out. One villager, needing dialysis treatment, was put in a barrel and pushed across the river, and loaded into an ambulance on the other side.
95 year old Rosa Maria Torres suffers from a festering skin ulcer, anemia, and thyroid problems. Her granddaughter made the trip to the mountain road four times to get to the capital San Juan looking for someone to airlift Torres out of the island but all in vain.