Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after company cuts power

Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after company cuts power

In order to prevent deaths like Daniels', the NAACP has called for utility companies not to shut off power when it may affect residents' health, such as when the weather is extremely hot or cold, as well protections for elderly and disable customers who need electricity to run medical devices.

Linda Daniels, 68, relied on an oxygen tank to breathe after being placed in hospice care with congestive heart failure in April.

"She was scared, and she was holding our hands tightly", said Desiree Washington, Daniels' daughter.

"We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side". We were fanning her. She died at 4:23 p.m. of heart failure, her family said.

Bills issued to Ms Daniels show at May 29 her account was about $2400 in arrears, but the family claims it was attempting to pay off the account, ABC 13 reported. They told us they would be rolling a truck.

Power was eventually restored to the family on July 6, the day after Daniels died. At that point, Daniels' family called emergency services, who arrived at the home, but left a short time later for reasons unknown.

Daniels' two children and granddaughter say they don't know why the utility company turned the power off. The company, Public Service Electric and Gas Co., had cut off power to her home that morning because of overdue bills.

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The temperature where the Daniels lived in Newark, New Jersey reached into the 90s that day, according to local weather reports.

"We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired", Namiotka told NJ.com. They also say they were unaware of Daniels' medical condition.

"I think my mom would have probably still been still alive today if the electric didn't get cut off", he said.

Her daughter Desiree said energy provider PSEG shut off her mother's service because she had fallen behind on payments. "We want to ensure it doesn't happen again, and we can not have our senior population in jeopardy like that".

"The minimum at least 300 dollars every month all the prior month was 300 dollars last month was 400 dollars this month".

Workers would not have shut off power if they were notified of her medical condition, the company said, adding, "We are carefully reviewing everything that happened around this bad incident".

"BPU is investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Linda Daniels last week at her home in Newark", a spokesperson said.

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