Newark Oxygen Tank User Dies After PSEG Cuts Power; West Orange Baby Needs Cardiac and Cranial Care

Source: News 12 New Jersey

A woman on oxygen died seven hours after PSE&G cut off power to her house last week.

Linda Daniels, 68, had been in hospice care with congestive heart failure since mid-April. Her family said she was in good spirits but relied on an oxygen tank — powered by electricity — to breathe.

The family says there was a delinquent balance, but they were trying to pay it down. Daniels’ son showed News 12 New Jersey bank records that he paid $500 on July 3, 2018, two days before the power shut off.

Just before 10 a.m. July 5 is when the family says the lights went off and the house got brutally hot. Daniels’ backup tank ran out of oxygen, and the family called an ambulance. Daniels died an hour after the ambulance crew left.

The power was restored the following morning.

PSE&G confirmed they shut off the power to Linda Daniels’ home, and says they tried to reach the family numerous times.

Noah Jacob Walker was born to Yamileth Johnson and Daniel Walker on January 27th, 2018. “Super Noah” as his family affectionately calls him, was born with Down Syndrome, Atrioventricular Canal (Heart) Defect and Multicystic Kidney Disease.

NoahSAt three months old, he underwent heart surgery to repair a large hole in his heart. Doctors informed his parents that a second heart surgery would be necessary in two months in order to repair another hole located in his pulmonary valve. This repair will assist Noah with his breathing and overall quality of life.

Noah’s parents are doing their best to provide all the necessities that he needs. They recently had him fitted for a cranial “doc” helmet to repair the shape of his head which is due to his condition. It costs $2,200 and it is not covered by his medical insurance because it is considered cosmetic. Noah’s medical insurance provider has also denied 24-hour care that his parents cannot provide to physical and financial limitations — and which surprised his doctors.

Noah’s dad has closed and sold off his business to have the time and money necessary to care for Noah. His mom is trying to balance her small business while still trying her best to be there for Noah. It is extremely difficult to earn a living when you are in a hospital by your child’s bedside for weeks at a time.

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