Woman on oxygen machine dies after power company cuts off electricity

Lloyd Doyle
July 9, 2018

"She was the matriarch of this family - she was the glue that held everything together", said Desiree.

The Newark Police Department is investigating the incident, according to the AP.

"We're saddened to hear that Ms. Daniels passed away yesterday. She was gasping until the time she died".

According to Daniels's daughter Desiree Washington, on Thursday various members of the family tried to alert the power company about Daniels's precarious situation.

Washington said her mom paid $500 to the electric company just two days before her death and that her family had notified the electric company of her mother's medical issues. "And she's a senior". "We encourage customers who have medical issues to contact us so that we can note their circumstances on their accounts".

Linda Daniels suffered from congestive heart failure and depended on her oxygen tank to survive, they said.

"We made numerous calls". "We have a large family and everyone in our family was calling".

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".

"We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side".


Linda Daniels (right) was in hospice care and relied on an oxygen tank powered by electricity to breathe. There was a delinquent balance on their account, but they were trying to pay it down.

Namiotka said the family had not notified the utility company about medical issues until after the service had been disconnected. "We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired".

"Dangerous and unnecessary shut offs in the sweltering heat and frigid cold disproportionately impact low-income [families], the elderly and communities of color", NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said when the association's report was released past year. The reason for the New Jersey great-grandmother's death, per her family: PSE&G turned off her electricity due to an unpaid bill. "And there are a lot of people like her".

The temperature where the Daniels lived in Newark, New Jersey reached into the 90s that day, according to local weather reports.

The power was apparently shut off because Linda had fallen behind on payments.

Power was restored on Friday but it was too late.

According to the Daniels family, the power went out - not only knocking out the oxygen machine but the house's air conditioning - at around 10 a.m. Thursday.

"We are horrified. We are angry", Desiree said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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