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Woman on oxygen tank dies after her power is cut off

10 July 2018

Eventually, Daniels' heart failed.

Linda Daniels had congestive heart failure.

But the circumstances surrounding Daniels' death last week were not tied to her ailments alone, according to her family. The company, Public Service Electric and Gas Co., had cut off power to her home that morning because of overdue bills.

'We were fanning her.

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.

According to the Daniels family, the power went out - not only knocking out the oxygen machine but the house's air conditioning - at around 10 a.m. Thursday. When the unit ran out, EMS was called to the house. Accuweather.com showed temperatures reaching well into the 90's that day, leaving Daniels gasping for air.

In the hours between, family members rushed to cool down the failing patient.

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Her daughter Desiree, of Newark, NJ., said: 'We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side. "But we couldn't pump the oxygen".

The case has caught the attention of regulatory officials in New Jersey, where utilities are prohibited from shutting off power to people with medical emergencies.

Jim Namiotka, a company spokesman, said: "As part of our policy, PSEG 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".

Records show Daniels' family were in the process of paying down her debt, paying $750 between April and July.

"The minimum is at least $300 every month all the prior month, said Daniels' son, Sam". But so far, they have uncovered no indication of a medical condition on Daniels' account, which was past due $1,500 (U.S.) as of last week.

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

"If there was anything in the mail, we may have missed it due to all the complications of running back and forth to the hospital and all the doctor's appointments", he said.

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Daniels' two children and granddaughter say they don't know why the utility company turned the power off.

"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. "We have a large family and everyone in our family was calling".

"We're saddened to hear that Ms. Daniels passed away yesterday. They cut the power off on what had to be the hottest day of the summer".

Desiree added that her mother's medical equipment was also registered with the utility company. "We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired".

Moreover, Namitoka claimed Daniels' family didn't alert the utility company about her medical issues until after her power was shut off.

A day late and a dollar short, the power company turned on Daniels' electricity one day after she died.

'And she's a senior.

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Woman on oxygen tank dies after her power is cut off