Michael High was choking and needed medical help.
His family took him to a dilapidated hospital in their hometown of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, about a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged the entire island more than two months ago.
After negotiating downed trees and power lines, washed-out roads and other obstacles to get to the hospital, High, 34, got bad news.
The doctor didn’t have the needed equipment to help him and moved on to the next patient. Luckily, High was able to regurgitate the food on his own.
That was the point, he said, when he realized it was time to take his wife Maria, 42, and children, Cristian, 11, and Tatiana, 9, off the island.