A 57-year-old is the 12th person to lose her life and the youngest of those victims who did not survive when a nursing home in Hollywood Hills was rendered powerless against Hurricane Irma. The latest in the string of victims made it out of the nursing home with her life, only to pass away weeks later.
The woman was a resident of the nursing home because a rare illness had left her without the ability to talk, see or walk. She was among those residents who were saved and evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the center lost power due to the storm. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Hollywood police are conducting a joint criminal investigation into the tragedy.
The first eight victims lost their lives on September 13. Since then, law enforcement officials have been conducting an investigation into just how residents at the facility were cared for. The center has been shut down as a result of the incident, and legislators are vowing to protect nursing home residents better. The deaths have also resulted in Florida Power & Light being questioned regarding its response to the life-threatening situation.
The latest death was not unexpected. Relatives met with doctors just three days after the incident and were told that the woman would likely not survive. The heat of the center caused the woman’s body to dehydrate to the point that her internal organs became weakened. Of those who passed away as a result of the extreme temperatures, the highest body temperature recorded was 109.9 degrees.
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