New York Woman Who Had Been Surviving on Ventilator Dead After Power Outage
A power outage in New York left one woman dead, after a back-up generator in a rehabilitation center failed early Sunday, authorities said.
A phase went down about 1:20am, leaving more than 4,000 Bronx customers in the dark, including the Eastchester Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center whose back-up system failed during the outage, according to a spokesperson for electricity service provider Con-Edison.
A 49-year-old woman, who had been surviving on a ventilator in critical condition, was pronounced dead at the center, after the generator went out. Sources said there had been an order not to resuscitate her.
Twelve FDNY units took 37 patients, all in critical condition on ventilators, to area hospitals, with the last patient being moved shortly before 4:00am.
Power was partially restored about 3:30am, and then fully restored by 6:30am, according to Con-Edison.
Police said no criminality was suspected during the blackout.