“I’m sorry, I need to send this,” said Marietta Vazquez, M.D., HS ’97, FW ’01, associate professor of pediatrics, as she looked at a message on her cell phone. She was standing in a warehouse on Howard Avenue on Tuesday morning, arranging to ship 15,000 pounds of antibiotics, sutures, gauze, surgical kits, syringes, medications, and other medical supplies to Puerto Rico. Her phone never stopped ringing and she rarely took her eyes away from the phone as she scanned her messages.
After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, Vazquez first ascertained that her family in the outskirts of San Juan was safe. Then she thought about her medical colleagues there.