11th patient from sweltering nursing home dies


The News Service of Florida reported power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on September 10 and September 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

The crews were part of a two-stage deployment to help Florida Power and Light (FPL) with restoration efforts related to Hurricane Irma.

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Thomas died on Thursday, eight days after the power failure caused a wave of deaths and forced the evacuation of the nursing home, which is just steps away from Memorial Regional Hospital. "Many mayors have told me there are companies not following contracts by removing debris".

Eight patients died on September 13, three days after Irma knocked out the home's air conditioning. But by the time first responders arrived at the nursing home that Wednesday morning, several residents had already suffered respiratory arrest or cardiac distress and some had died.

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Island residents who spoke to HuffPost described the aftermath as "post-apocalyptic" and "barren". Croix up to the continental US every day for a week following Irma's land fall.

Despite multiple calls between the nursing home and state authorities, at no time did the nursing home report that its patients were in danger or that they needed to be evacuated, according to a report on Tuesday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office.

The dead have ranged from 78 to 99 years old.

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A week after the sweltering conditions were discovered, and a day after Canal's death, the state revoked the nursing home's license. "In a second, and very egregious case, a late entry was added that stated the patient was resting in bed with respirations even and unlabored, however, this resident had already died before this entry was made". A moratorium was imposed on the facility that prevents it from admitting any patients.