8 Seniors Declared Dead in Florida Nursing Home Without Power
Hollywood, FL (September 14, 2017) – A nursing home facility in Hollywood Hills, Florida has been evacuated early Wednesday morning, following the discovery of 8 fatalities due to a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.
According to Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez, paramedics and fire rescue crews responded to a call shortly after 4 a.m. September 13. The report showed that the air conditioning in the facility was cut short by the storm.
Police reported that three residents were discovered dead inside the nursing home while five others died in the hospital. Among the deceased residents include 84-year-old Bobby Owens, 96-year-old Manuel Mario Medieta, 92-year-old Miguel Antonio Franco, 71-year Estella Hendricks, 71-year-old Gail Nova, 78-year-old Carolyn Eatherly, 84-year-old Betty Hibbard, and 99-year-old Albertina Vega.
A total of 115 residents were evacuated and transferred to area hospitals.
The facility has since been sealed off and with a moratorium imposed immediately. Governor Rick Scott said the facility is not permitted to admit any patients until the order has been lifted.
Scott also demanded answers from the facility, with the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families to conduct an investigation into the incident.
As of this writing, ten million people in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are still left without power after Hurricane Irma struck the state on Monday.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased in this devastating incident.
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