Nursing home worker not giving up on her patients

ABC News' senior meteorologist Rob Marciano speaks with Maria Ortiz who has been struggling to care for her elderly patients since Hurricane Maria hit.
1:56 | 09/23/17

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Our chief meteorologist rob Marciano is also in Puerto Rico this morning. He's been following the heart wrenching story of a nursing homeworker and her struggle to help the elderly patients in her care. Reporter: Day four since the hurricane hit and conditions haven't changed that much. There's still damage littering this city and people are just trying to survive, especially those that are giving care to folks that are most in need. In the wake of hurricane MARIA's destruction across the island of Puerto Rico, finally a moment of happiness for at least one resident. The generator powering the nursing home where caregiver MARIA Ortiz has struggled to keep her elderly patients alive, it's back up and running again. Unfortunately, the pure feeling of jubilation will only last so long. About how long does a tank last? 8 hours. Reporter: It's a temporary fix to a major problem. When we first met MARIA and the care center residents two days ago, we found them living in sweltering conditions, such clinging to life. The anguish and fear in MARIA's voice was undeniable. We can't let them die. We can't let them die. Reporter: MARIA is one of the lucky ones. With communication all but gone on most of the island, she was able to reconnect with her mother. And we were there during the emotional reunion. Even though she's up against unimaginable odds, MARIA says she's not giving up any time soon. If I can do something and I can get help now before something happens, I want to do what I have to do, you know? Reporter: And while the fuel in that generator is likely to run out today, we have seen a visible increase in military personnel and FEMA staff, so the flow of life-saving supplies should be ramping up today.

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