A video taken from inside the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills during a days long power outage caused by Hurricane Irma shows residents suffering in sweltering temperatures with little more than a box fan, and at least one woman in a hallway hunched over a hospital bed, naked, presumably attempting to cool herself.
The 340-second video was taken by the daughter of two residents, and shows a firsthand look of the conditions within the nursing home where the lack of air conditioning contributed to 10 patient deaths. The video was taken on Tuesday, Sept. 12, two days after the power went out.
The nursing home was located across the street from a fully functioning and cooled hospital, but the nursing home allegedly never reached out for help. Firefighters were called to the facility multiple times for patients in distress, and decided a door-to-door check was in order. They found three residents dead.
The remaining residents – about 150 – were transferred to the hospital where many were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties, and other heat-related injuries. Five more patients died by that afternoon. Two more patients died days later.
At least one family has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home, which also names Florida Power & Light Company. The nursing home allegedly called the power company shortly after the power outage and was told by Florida Power & Light that a crew would be sent in the morning. However, crews never arrived.
When Florida Power & Light workers arrived at the nursing home, it took them about 20 minutes to get the nursing home’s power – and thus its air conditioning – back up and running.
Source: CBS News