Five Dead at a Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma


A Miami law firm filed an emergency complaint Friday morning asking a judge for an order to protect evidence in the case of a senior citizen who died in her nursing home after air conditioning was knocked out for several days by Hurricane Irma.

"The elderly depend on us for their care, and it's especially sad when something like this happens", Dr Katz, the doctor, told reporters.

The complaint asks for the preservation of all video and photographs taken in the nursing home from September 8, the day before South Florida was expected to start experiencing increased winds from Hurricane Irma, to September 13.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez has said investigators believe the deaths at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, adding that a criminal investigation is underway, according to the Associated Press.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said employees fought the lack of air conditioning with fans, cold towels, ice and cold drinks for patients.

Trump didn't mention the dead senior citizens and in fact marveled that the US death toll from Irma was "such a small number" as he arrived in Florida to assess the damage. But Cristina Bichachi, a former business development director there, said the air conditioner broke down "many, many times" during her three years and owner Jack Michel never replaced it. Michel's attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.

Harvey and Irma have underscored the importance of protecting people who live in nursing facilities. County officials released documents showing that the Hollywood facility was in compliance with that regulation and that it held a hurricane drill with its staff in October. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home.

Schools in some areas made plans to welcome back students.

Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak said after receiving some of the bodies for autopsies that the victims had been in poor health, and "it's going to be tough to tell how much was the heat and how much of it was they were sick already".

Then there are those who die from carbon monoxide poisoning because they run generators in enclosed garages or inside their homes.

The number of people in shelters across the state fell to less than 13,000. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process".

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"I thought it was an extreme situation and we had to get people out", Frum said.

U.S. President Donald Trump paid a visit on Thursday to Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane, praising first-responders for their role in limiting the toll taken on human lives.

Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states, down from 7.4 million customers on Monday, according to Reuters.

While the database does show 17 entries indicating times between Thursday and Wednesday where data about the center was extracted, nearly all of those entries simply repeat the information from the most recent previous update.

She said Hibbard had difficulty breathing the day before she died and wondered why no one was trying to get help for the people earlier.

The nursing home didn't experience a full-blown outage during the storm, but it did lose a transformer that powered its air conditioning.

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