Linda Daniels, who was in hospice care, died last Thursday after PSE&G turned off her power. The utility company says Daniels didn’t pay her bill
A 68-year-old Newark woman in hospice care, who depended on oxygen to survive, died last week after PSE&G turned off her electric because of an overdue bill, her grieving family said Sunday.
Linda Daniels was in her Shephard Avenue home with her family for hours after the her oxygen tank and air-conditioning stopped working about 10 a.m. Thursday. She died at 4:23 p.m. of heart failure, her family said.
According to Accuweather.com, the temperature in Newark was in the 90s on Thursday afternoon.
“She was trying to catch her breath – she was gasping for air,” said her granddaughter, Mia, 28. “She suffered and she passed right in front of us. She was gasping until the time she died.”
Daniels’ daughter, Desiree Washington, said family members called PSE&G throughout the day, pleading with them to turn the power back on.
“She had just paid $500 two days before,” Desiree said. “And she’s a senior. We asked them, ‘Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?'”
Linda Daniels suffered from heart disease 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,” Desiree said. “They told us they would be rolling a truck. The truck did not come until the next day.”
Mia said at one point the PSE&G operator told her to stop calling. “They started getting nasty after awhile, telling us they had too many tickets out on this,” she said.
Desiree said she applied ice packs to her mother’s sides and was fanning her throughout the day.
“We panicked. They cut the power off on what had to be the hottest day of the summer,” she …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News