The Washington Free Beacon published an article last week detailing the life of a Puerto Rican woman living on a luxury ocean villa.
Laura Elena Villanueva was among the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Maria.
A local radio station recently ran a segment on Villanues story, where she said she was the last survivor of the storm.
Villanuelas life is almost impossible to describe, but the last person she talked to was her mother.
Villaros parents had died of cancer when she was a child.
She was a single mom in a time when single mothers were often the exception, but she has never forgotten the love of her father.
I am so thankful that I am still alive.
“I never thought I would see my mother again.
She left me when I was 10 years old and I never knew where she was.
It was like I was gone,” Villaras mother told the station.
“She was very young, but my mother was an amazing woman.
I am so grateful to have a mother like her.”
“My life was turned upside down because of my mother,” Villanuals sister, Laura Elena, told The Washington Examiner.
Her sister-in-law, Elisa Villanua, said her sister-on-the-ground experience helped her see things differently.
“[I] was just so tired, I couldn’t go outside. I couldn�t go to school.
I just felt like I couldn��t do anything.
My sister-to-be, she came and took care of me and taught me how to be a good person and how to help people,” Villas sister-of-law said.
Villanuela was also among the lucky ones who survived.
The National Hurricane Center put her life in a category of 1.0, meaning she is considered to be in “severe hurricane” status, which is not guaranteed to survive.
“People have lost their lives, lost their homes, and they are still in shock,” Villarejo told the Examiner.
“That is the reason I am here.
My family is devastated.”
Villarejo said Villanues story should be a wake-up call to other people in the Puerto Rican community who are being left out.
She said she is calling for a better understanding of the island�s challenges and is hoping that the government will offer her and other Puerto Ricans assistance.
After Maria, Villanes husband, Juan Luis Villanuanueva, was killed by a truck driver.
He was 35 years old.
(Read more about Juan Luis) “We are all scared because we have not heard from our families.
I don�t want them to hear from me.
We need to understand the people of Puerto Rico and understand what is going on there,” Villanyueva told the Free Beacon.
According to Villanoes sister, Elisabetta Villanúa, her sister also is struggling with her mother’s illness.
Elisabello said that her sister is in constant pain and needs help.
While Elisabias family is grateful to the government for providing food, shelter and medical attention, they are worried about the state of the roads, the lack of power and the lack and inability to communicate with each other.
Maria was also the worst storm in Puerto Rico history, with a Category 3 hurricane rating.