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New Jersey woman dies after utility cuts power to her home

10 July 2018

"We were getting ice and putting ice on her, fanning her, trying to make it cool, but we couldn't pump the oxygen", said her daughter, Desiree Washington. "It was unbearable", she said. According to ABC 13, $300 was sent in April, with a second payment of $450 made a month later and $500 was sent on July 3, two days before the power was cut off.

In order to prevent deaths like Daniels', the NAACP has called for utility companies not to shut off power when it may affect residents' health, such as when the weather is extremely hot or cold, as well protections for elderly and disable customers who need electricity to run medical devices.

According to Daniels's daughter Desiree Washington, on Thursday various members of the family tried to alert the power company about Daniels's precarious situation. We asked them, "Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?"'

PSEG said in a statement that the power was cut from Daniels' home due to "lack of payment over several months".

According to the Daniels family, the power went out - not only knocking out the oxygen machine but the house's air conditioning - at around 10 a.m. Thursday. "We have a large family and everyone in our family was calling", Desiree said.

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"The point is they turned her lights off after she paid the bill", Washington told NJ.com. "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".

Workers would not have shut off power if they were notified of her medical condition, the company said, adding, "We are carefully reviewing everything that happened around this awful incident". "While there will be a complete investigation of this matter, our records indicate that this account was severely in arrears and we made at least 26 attempts to notify the customer since January, 2018, including two visits to the residence prior to the disconnection".

PSEG said it is reviewing its records.

A source involved in the rescue mission who saw two of the four boys walk out of the cave told Reuters that they looked exhausted but healthy, adding that one even looked "vivacious and fresh". "And there are a lot of people like her". It's so sad she had to go like that.

"I don't want it to happen to any other family in this community because it's nothing but seniors in this community".

New Jersey woman dies after utility cuts power to her home