Puerto Rico couple survives deadly storm, reaches daughter in Bridgeport

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Two senior citizens fled Puerto Rico for Bridgeport after a hurricane destroyed their home.

Eleuterio and Ana-Maria Torres, 85 and 79, are staying with their daughter Brenda Thomas on the city's east side. Two days ago they say they were huddling on a mountaintop to avoid flooding that killed some of their neighbors in western Puerto Rico.

Eleuterio recently had open-heart surgery and after the couple's home was destroyed in the hurricane, he says he ran out of insulin and almost died. But a complete stranger donated first-class plane tickets for them to escape and fly to New York.

Thomas says she went from thinking her parents were dead to the greatest sense of gratitude she has ever known.

"I couldn't eat -- I couldn't do anything," she says. "It's amazing, and I can't take the credit. It was God."

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