A Newark grandmother who relied on an oxygen machine to breathe died hours after her power was shut off despite multiple pleas to restore the home’s electricity, according to her family.
Linda Daniels, 68, died in Newark, New Jersey, on July 5 after her power was shut off by her electric company, PSE&G. Daniels suffered from congestive heart failure and was receiving hospice care, according to ABC 7.
Her daughter, Desiree Washington, told the station that Daniels’ family tried to help after the power was cut. They called the company multiple times asking for the power to be restored and called paramedics for help providing Daniels with oxygen.
“We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side. We were fanning her. It was so hot in here, she couldn’t breathe — it was unbearable,” she told the station.
Washington said that a representative from the company told the family to stop calling, ABC 7 reported.
A Facebook post from NJ.com says that the power was cut on the hottest day of the year.
The company said Daniels owed money on her account, that she had received notice her power was in danger of being cut and that the company had no records indicating her health condition, according to a statement from the company issued Friday.
“We never would have disconnected service had we been informed of the circumstances,” the company said in a statement, .
Daniels’ family claims they were making payments to the company and that the company had been informed of her medical condition, according to NJ.com.
Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; Follow Courtney Marabella on Twitter: @courtmarabella
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