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Family: Woman on oxygen dies after power cut off to her home

Family: Woman on oxygen dies after power cut off to her home

Per NJ.com, relatives of Daniels, who was in hospice care due to congestive heart failure, say she struggled to breathe after the utility company cut off power and her oxygen tank and air conditioning shut down; this despite multiple family members calling PSE&G throughout the 90-degree day.

Linda Daniels relied on an oxygen tank powered by electricity.

Family members repeatedly called the utility company, she said.

The family denies Linda Daniels was behind on her bill.

Washington said the temperature in her mother's Shephard Avenue home likely rose to well over 100 degrees the day the power was turned off and it aggravated her mother's heart condition. "We extend our honest condolences to her family", Karen A. Johnson said. When her backup oxygen tank ran out, paramedics arrived with oxygen from a portable tank; an hour after that crew left, the Newark woman passed away, reports News 12 New Jersey.

"She was trying to catch her breath - she was gasping for air", Daniels's granddaughter told NJ.com.

Power was eventually restored to the family on July 6, the day after Daniels died.

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Washington said the family wrote a letter to the utility company two years ago when her mother started using a machine to treat sleep apnea.

Daniels' granddaughter Armiya Daniels said it was hard watching her grandmother suffer before her death. We asked them, "Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?"'

The family of Linda Daniels, 68, acknowledge they were behind payments on the PSE&G power bill.

"One rep told me to stop calling, that there were too many tickets in the system", Desiree told ABC 13. "I gave him $500 and they still cut off the utilities".

Her daughter Desiree said energy provider PSEG shut off her mother's service because she had fallen behind on payments.

Moreover, Namitoka claimed Daniels' family didn't alert the utility company about her medical issues until after her power was shut off. PSEG said 'we're on our way.' They kept telling us that, but no one showed up. "We encourage customers who have medical issues to contact us so that we can note their circumstances on their accounts", Namiotka said. According to news reports, Newark police are investigating the incident. "We want to ensure it doesn't happen again, and we can not have our senior population in jeopardy like that".

In addition to a son and daughter, Linda Daniels leaves behind five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, her family said.


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