Six patients at Florida nursing home die in aftermath of Hurricane Irma


Bendetta Craig, whose 87-year-old mother was among dozens of patients safely removed from the centre said the deaths were entirely "unnecessary".

At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.

On Thursday, 57 residents were moved from a suburban Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility without power to two nearby centers where electricity was just restored. According to nursing home officials, FPL said they would have crews dispatched the next morning.

Some gasoline stations were reopening, but cell phone service and electricity remained out in most of the islands. Anderson left a message, saying the nursing home needed "immediate assistance" from FPL to reset the transformer for their air conditioning, according to a nursing home official who spoke to CBS4 News. The first occurred Tuesday at the facility; that individual had a "do not resuscitate" order and the deceased was transferred to a funeral home, but authorities have now retrieved the body.

Five people are dead after an air-conditioning issue that forced the evacuation of a Hollywood nursing home, Broward County's mayor said.

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The facility had no electrical power after Hurricane Irma struck the state on Sunday, officials said. They unfortunately did not answer them after several calls. They do not sweat as much and are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat.

Linda Horton was the closest person to Carolyn Eatherly, one of the eight patients who died at the nursing home.

Officers searched the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where a nightmare unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

A neighbor told FOX35 Orlando generators were not allowed in the community, and officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside homes.

Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families also launched investigations.

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The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, now under police and state investigation, stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy and heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread, lingering power outages.

"Staff set up mobile cooling units and fans to cool the facility and continually checked on our residents' well-being to ensure they were hydrated", Carballo said. "If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", the governor said.

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.

Gov. Scott announced Thursday the Center will no longer receive state Medicaid funds. State officials closed the facility Wednesday night and barred it from admitting new patients. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

Restoring power is still a top priority in Florida.

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A spokesperson for the Memorial Hospital system said the nursing home is not part of the hospital chain.