Hurricane Irma Aftermath: 6 Nursing Home Patients Dead After Staying In Powerless Facility

Hannah Bleau

This is absolutely heartbreaking.

Six nursing home patients have passed away due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. A nursing home facility in Hollywood, Florida has been without power, and as most of you know, that can be pretty dangerous ESPECIALLY for the elderly and those with existing medical conditions.

Three of the deaths happened at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and three others died later at the hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference Wednesday. The victims’ identities were unknown.

 

Rescue crews responded to the facility at 1200 N. 35th Avenue shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday and found patients “in varying degrees of medical distress,” with some in critical condition, Hollywood police said.

They believe the deaths were all “heat-related.”

UGH. My heart.

One hundred and fifteen people have been evacuated from the facility due to the deteriorating conditions, but word has it many more patients are in “critical” shape.

Everything about this is horrifying and unacceptable.

“The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation,” Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said.

Those patients should’ve NEVER been left there in the first place. Completely ridiculous.

Officers are checking all of the other 42 assisted living facilities in Hollywood as a precaution, officials said. Approximately 150 facilities out of the nearly 700 facilities in the state do not currently have full power restored, according to the Florida Health Care Association.

“I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,” Fla. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.”

Completely unfathomable.