Bethesda CEO Helps Fly Needed Medical Supplies to Puerto Rico

Joins with D.C. male on dual trips this month to assist remote areas

From left, Ethan Leder; Wilbert Ruiz, a Aguada city administrator; and Rafael Hernandez with reserve Leder and Jose Ortiz-Gaud took to Puerto Rico.

From left, Ethan Leder; Wilbert Ruiz, a Aguada city administrator; and Rafael Hernandez with reserve Leder and Jose Ortiz-Gaud took to Puerto Rico.


Two area residents flew to Puerto Rico twice this month to broach much-needed medical reserve to 6 remote regions of northwest Puerto Rico.

Ethan Leder, a arch executive officer of Bethesda-based Precision Medicine, pronounced he franchised a craft to yield about 4,000 pounds of reserve over dual trips, including over-the-counter drugs, insulin, surgical masks, energy bars and Pedialyte, that combats dehydration. He and Jose Ortiz-Guad, who lives in Chevy Chase in Washington, D.C., supposing 1,500 pounds on a initial outing and 2,500 pounds on a second.

Last week, they took reserve to Aguada, that still didn’t have a assist it needed, pronounced Leder, a Bethesda resident. On Tuesday of this week, they delivered reserve to 5 regions, including Moca, Maricao, Isabela, Aguadilla and Las Marias, that didn’t have power, Leder said.

Angelique Sina from Friends of Puerto Rico, a inactive nonprofit classification in D.C., trafficked with Ortiz-Gaud and Leder on Tuesday.

Ortiz-Gaud, a Puerto Rican local from Mayagüez, contacted supervision officials in Puerto Rico to help. He pronounced he initial chose a municipality of Aguada, where about 42,000 people live, since supervision officials were reachable by phone. He concurrent service efforts with a mayor of Moca and partner mayor of Maricao.

When Ortiz-Gaud and Leder arrived during Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla final week, they saw a devastation. Three members of a Aguada city gymnasium staff worked out of what looked like a circuitously sell space, Ortiz-Gaud said.

“Puerto Rico is destroyed, a whole island. I’m articulate about each bit of it,” Ortiz-Gaud said.

Aguada’s city administrator, Wilbert Ruiz, supposing a print of 6 handwritten pages inventory reserve that Aguada’s health sanatorium desperately needed. Leder and Ortiz-Gaud delivered those items.


Part of a handwritten list of reserve that officials in Puerto Rico pronounced they needed. Photo from Jose Ortiz-Gaud.


The sanatorium was flooded and had no electricity, so it operated out of a room in a church, Ortiz-Gaud said.

“You wouldn’t trust what it looked like,” Leder said.

There were 60 to 70 patients during a sanatorium with no entrance to elementary antibiotics, Tylenol or aspirin. Doctors stitched patients adult with thread and sewing needles since that’s all they had, Leder said. When Ruiz saw a reserve Leder and Ortiz-Gaud had for a clinic, he cried tears of amazement, Ortiz-Gaud said.

“We brought him [supplies that] will substantially final 6 to 8 weeks. I’m creation a indicate that this can be done. It only compulsory action, not words,” Leder said.

“You feel like you’re only plugging adult holes in a channel when we move these medicines over,” he said.

Puerto Rico needs heavy-duty generators that import around 6,000 pounds to yield a electricity it needs, Leder said. Only wide-bodied jets or ships can take those generators over, he added.

Trip reserve enclosed tiny though absolute LED lanterns and generators, Leder said. He pronounced Puerto Rico’s electrical energy can’t withstand healthy disasters and should use choice sources like solar panels to forestall widespread electrical outages.

“We will have some-more of these calamities.” Leder said. “They will come quick and furious, and they will impact some-more categorical lands and islands.”

Leder contacted Ortiz-Gaud by longtime crony Ben Soto, a boss of Premium Title Escrow, a pretension association in Washington, D.C.

Leder knew Soto was Puerto Rican and wanted to help, so Soto put him in hold with Ortiz-Gaud. Soto and Ortiz-Gaud already had worked with Friends of Puerto Rico to accumulate reserve and income to send to Puerto Rico, Soto said.

Superior Biologics, Suburban Hospital and Precision Medicine Group supposing medicine for final week’s trip.

Medstar Health System, Superior Biologics and Precision Medicine Group supposing medicine for this week’s delivery, Leder said. D.C. Friends of Puerto Rico, that is coordinating the possess service efforts, also contributed reserve this week.

The sum cost of reserve for both trips came to around $310,000, Leder said.

Leder and Ortiz-Gaud ecstatic a dialysis studious and his family to a sanatorium in Fort Lauderdale final week, Ortiz-Gaud said. This week, they took an aged male with insanity to Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, where his son met him, Leder said.

They devise to do more.

Ortiz-Gaud is holding partial in “Bike to Brooklyn” on Oct. 21, a biking eventuality that starts in Washington, D.C., and ends in Brooklyn, New York. Proceeds will go to Friends of Puerto Rico.

Leder hopes to emanate an assist operation with 0 beyond and bureaucracy. It will be designed to understanding with emergencies that need evident movement that vast organizations can’t provide, he said.

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