Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after company cuts power

Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after company cuts power

The company, Public Service Electric and Gas Co., had cut off power to her home that morning because of overdue bills. "She was the matriarch of this family - she was the glue that held everything together", said Desiree.

Daniel's granddaughter Mia offered a further harrowing insight into her suffering, telling NJ.com: 'She was trying to catch her breath - she was gasping for air.

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. "She suffered and she passed right in front of us".

The family called paramedics who showed up with a portable oxygen tank.

A PSE&G spokesman concedes Daniels' power was turned off, but it says it hadn't known of her medical issues until Thursday, her account was several months behind, and it had notified her that service would be shut off. "We asked them, 'Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?'"

They said they were unaware of Daniels' health issues until her power was cut - a claim disputed by Desiree - and urged anyone else who was unwell and struggling to pay bills to flag up their circumstances.

Linda had been in hospice care with congestive heart failure since the middle of April.

"One rep told me to stop calling, that there were too many tickets in the system", said Desiree. "While there will be a complete investigation of this matter, our records indicate that this account was severely in arrears and we made at least 26 attempts to notify the customer since January, 2018, including two visits to the residence prior to the disconnection".

A source involved in the rescue mission who saw two of the four boys walk out of the cave told Reuters that they looked exhausted but healthy, adding that one even looked "vivacious and fresh". "It was so hot in here, she couldn't breathe-it was unbearable", her daughter, Desiree Washington, told WABC.

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.

"In a statement, PSEG said, in part: "...because there was no response from the customer, the customer was shut off.

Her daughter Desiree said energy provider PSEG shut off her mother's service because she had fallen behind on payments. "My mother was a taxpayer for 46 years".

Police are investigating and PSEG said it would review its records.

"I don't want it to happen to any other family in this community because it's nothing but seniors in this community".

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