TAMPA, Fla.-- Hurricane Maria survivor, living in Tampa, struggles to provide for his brothers.
- Iram Maldonado takes care of brothers after mother passed
- His two brothers have special needs and multiple diseases
- To help the brothers, contact Somos Puerto Rico Tampa
Iram Maldonado is the perfect example of brotherly love.
He's become a caregiver for his brothers, Juan and Manuel, who both have special needs and multiple diseases.
"They're like little kids and no one wants to take care of them. Now I'm fighting for them,” he said.
Their mother passed away in Puerto Rico in early June.
"They told me that she died on the day they buried her-- and that's been really hard on me," he said.
So they came to Tampa to live with Iram, who's living in a hotel.
"They don't know how to defend themselves. They're two kids. They have the mentality of a child," he said.
It's been a struggle finding health insurance for them, and they're quickly running out of medication.
Iram is disabled himself, so the additional responsibility is a lot for him.
Without a job, he's trying to figure out how to make ends meet.
"It's been hard because I don't have a car. I don't have anything-- to visit doctors and go get the medicine, I don't have a way," he said.
Multiple organizations like Catholic Charities and Somos Puerto Rico Tampa, are helping the brothers with things like overcoming the language barrier and finding transportation.
But they still have a long way to go.
"I don't have anything. We're starting from scratch," Iram said.
To help the brothers, you can contact Somos Puerto Rico Tampa here.