Llega a Miami Angela Parrilla una anciana de 104 años que sufrió el azote del Huracán Maria en Puerto Rico…Su historia…6pm #telemundo51
Posted by Maylin Legañoa Telemundo 51 on Sunday, October 15, 2017
This 103-year-old Puerto Rican woman survived Hurricane Maria and has been living without power.
Angela Parrilla has been reunited with her family in Florida after weeks of living in Vieques, Puerto Rico without power or running water. The 103-year-old woman rarely left Puerto Rico, according to her family, but the aftermath of Hurricane Maria left them scrambling to get her off the island as quickly as possible. Parrilla wasn’t the only person the family wanted to retrieve. NBC 6 reports that the elderly woman cares for her special needs granddaughter while dealing with her own medical issues, which include visual impairment, a blood disorder and a heart condition. Zandra Velez, Parrilla’s grandniece, told NBC 6 it was very difficult to rescue her family members.
“I needed to get them off the island,” Velez told NBC 6. “It was totally impossible to get a flight out. I called and pleaded.”
It was Senator Marco Rubio getting involved that changed everything. Rubio reportedly chartered a helicopter from Vieques to San Juan, according to NBC 6. Then, Parrilla and her granddaughter were flown to Miami thanks to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund. Parrilla will be staying with her family in Orlando, Fla., as recovery efforts continue on the Caribbean island she calls home.