Woman on oxygen machine dies after power company cuts off electricity

Ailing Woman On Oxygen Tank Dies When Electric Company Cuts Off Power In Her Home

Ailing Woman On Oxygen Tank Dies When Electric Company Cuts Off Power In Her Home

Her family said Daniels, who used an electric-powered oxygen tank as a result of congestive heart failure, had struggled to breathe at the home on a day where temperatures had reached around 90° F. A hospice nurse told the 68-year-old's family Daniels would pass away "in God's time", relatives recently told New Jersey's News 12. "And she's a senior".

PSE&G told The Associated Press that it cut the power off due to a lack of payments over the course of several months. She said the utility company said they were on their way to the home but no one ever came.

"They still cut off the utilities", he told News 12.

Another woman in NY lost three children after a candle she used to light her home after losing power started a fire, and a man in MI died of hypothermia after his power was shut off. The power had been shut off because Linda had fallen behind on payments.

The company added that the family had "not notified us of any medical circumstances in the home".

"As part of our policy, PSE&G had notified this customer numerous times that their account was in arrears and that they would be scheduled for a service termination unless the account was made current", said Jim Namiotka, a company spokesman.

"Extreme heat and cold with climate change will only make inequality and injustice worse", Cecil Corbin-Mark of WE ACT for Environmental Justice said following the NAACP report. A utility also "may not shut-off residential service" if a "valid medical emergency exists" in the household.

"We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired", Namiotka told NJ.com.

"PSEG said 'Oh, we're on our way.' They kept telling us that, but no one showed up".

"Dangerous and unnecessary shut offs in the sweltering heat and frigid cold disproportionately impact low-income [families], the elderly and communities of color", NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said when the association's report was released previous year.

Desiree, however, says family members and hospice workers in the past had informed the utility company in writing of Linda Daniels' medical issues.

"The point is they turned her lights off after she paid the bill", Desiree said.

On Friday morning, the day after Daniels's death, power returned to the house. "And there are a lot of people like her". "And I don't want it to happen to anyone else".

"The minimum is at least $300 every month all the prior month, said Daniels' son, Sam".

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