Sunday, January 23, 2022

Heartless! Grandmother – An Oxygen Tank User – Dies After Utility Company Turns Off Her Power (WATCH)

*This is just despicable, heartless and evil. A woman in hospice care is now dead because the power to her New Jersey home was cut off because of an overdue bill.

Linda Daniels, 68, relied on an oxygen tank powered by electricity to breathe. She died on Thursday in her Newark home after suffering from congestive heart failure, reports ABC7 Chicago.

Her daughter, Desiree Washington, was with her.

“We put one ice pack here by her side and one on the other side. We were fanning her. It was so hot in here, she couldn’t breathe – it was unbearable,” she said.

Since Daniels’ primary oxygen, which plugs in, didn’t work, they used a smaller reserve, and when that was empty, they called EMS.

Paramedics did come with a portable unit — the entire time, the family called PSEG, the utility company, pleading to turn the power back on.

“One rep told me to stop calling, that there were too many tickets in the system,” said Desiree. “PSEG said ‘Oh, we’re on our way.’ Kept telling us that, but no one showed up.”

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Linda Daniels & grandaughter
Linda Daniels (seen with one of her granddaughters) died last week after utility company (PSEG) turned off the electric power to her home. (Photo: Desiree Washington)

Desiree said, as required, her mom’s medical equipment was registered with the utility company. The power had been shut off because Daniels had fallen behind on payments. As of May 29, there was a balance of about $1,800, but another bill indicates $300 was sent in in April, $450 another month, and July 3, two days before Daniels died, $500 was sent in.

PSEG said that it did notify the customer that their account was behind and service would be terminated.

PSEG said, in part:

“Because there was no response from the customer, the customer was shut off. They had not notified us of any medical circumstances in the home.”

Power was restored Friday, the day after Daniels died.

“She was the matriarch of this family – she was the glue that held everything together,” said Desiree.

Newark Police are now investigating, and PSEG said it is reviewing its records.

Desiree is considering legal action, but right now is focused on her mother’s funeral this Wednesday.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. My heart is broken. Tears. Now, that is a Go Fund Me account I would happily have donated to. R.I.P. Ms. Daniels. Prayers for peace and strength for this family. God help us.

  2. What Blacks need to know is we are overcharged for everything electricity, taxes, interests (for cars and so on).

  3. If they got notices that it would be turned off because of past due, then I would say they waited a little late to negotiate with the power company on the day they turned it off. They should have called them on the first over due notice and tried to explain their circumstance and the medical necessity of home oxygen to keep their mother alive. If there is recorded conversations of them trying to negotiate, they may have a case in court, however I think the company has the overall say in allowing a customer to utilize their services if they owe them money. I just think suing here opens up many more lawsuits from similar circumstance.

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