Woman on oxygen machine dies after power company cuts off electricity

Linda Daniels died Thursday after the terminally-ill patient’s power was turned off

Linda Daniels died Thursday after the terminally-ill patient’s power was turned off

Linda Daniels' frail respiratory issues required her to be tethered to an oxygen tank that was powered by electricity. Linda Daniels died after she was unable to use her electric powered tank after her power was cut at her New Jersey home.

"We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side. We extend our honest condolences to her family", Karen A. Johnson said.

Daniels' granddaughter Armiya Daniels said it was hard watching her grandmother suffer before her death.

When the oxygen tank stopped running, they used a smaller reserve, and when that was empty, they called EMS, but it was too late.

'And she's a senior.

"We kept calling, and they said to stop calling", Washington said.

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. They say Daniels did have an outstanding balance with the power company, but that they had been making payments to bring it current. "In New York State, we have some of the highest electricity costs in the nation, and we need more low-income customers and communities of color represented on the Public Service Commission and involved in energy policy decision-making and regulation".

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

PSEG claims it wasn't aware of the woman's medical issues.

The power to the home has been restored, but the grieving family doesn't understand why the utility company cut off electricity to the house.

A PSE&G utility truck finally arrived Friday morning, but Daniels had already died 16 hours earlier, her daughter said.

"Because there was no response from the customer, the customer was shut off".

As Newark Police investigate the matter, Desiree said she may sue, but for now she's focused on funeral preparations and she and her family begin the process of saying goodbye to their beloved mother on Wednesday. "We want to ensure it doesn't happen again, and we can not have our senior population in jeopardy like that".

Sherd said he paid the minimum $300 every month, and paid $400 in June, prior to the $500 payment made this month.

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