Hurricane Maria

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Ben Desa was born in Puerto Rico. He spent some time as a kid in New York, but returned to the island in junior high school. 

“It was more of a laidback society,” Desa said. “More of, people to people type relations. More on the family side whereas everyone you met, they were considered family after a while and if you saw them more often they were family even if they were just friends.” 

Desa moved around the US—and the world—before retiring from his job in the food industry and settling down with his wife in Springfield. 

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Hurricane Maria damaged more than 100 drug and medical device manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico, according to an NPR report.  Because of that, hospitals are having to find ways to deal with shortages of certain drugs and medical products. 

"We have been impacted primarily in regards to small-volume I.V. bags," said Jennifer Reeves, operations director for pharmacy services at CoxHealth.