In Covid-swamped Texas, patients die stranded in rural clinics

Daniel Wilkinson survived two tours of duty in Afghanistan but died of gallstones, deteriorating slowly as his under-equipped doctors looked on helplessly. Wilkinson, 46, lived only 90 minutes by car or 30 minutes by helicopter from Houston, renowned for its top-flight hospitals. The problem is the Texas healthcare system has been utterly overwhelmed by people suffering from the Delta variant of the coronavirus.