American Red Cross Helps Virgin Islands Heart Patient
Humberto Benitez, Wilber Payne, and Colin Williams
Photo by: Colin Williams, Regional Communicator Arizona, New Mexico, El Paso Region
Written by: Nicole Breitbach
Wilber Payne is a resident of St. Thomas who suffers from a chronic heart condition. Typically, his special medicine is flown in from the continental United States. Due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, air transport became limited and his medicine was not able to be delivered to the island. Not knowing where else to turn, Payne reached out to the American Red Cross looking for a solution.
Payne’s request was given to two volunteers, recognizing that it may be challenging to accomplish. After working with the community hospital in St. Thomas, they were able to communicate with the continental United States to find a way to create and prepare the medicine on the island. Payne was overjoyed to receive the medication, and shared that he was already starting to see side effects. If he had to wait a few more days, he would have had a very serious outcome.
Red Cross workers have been working to help people on USVI since before the storm hit the island.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.