Two More Deaths Reported from Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Tragedy in Hollywood, Florida

Sean Breslin
Published: October 11, 2017

Officials say two more people have died nearly a month after the deaths of several others at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, bringing the death toll from the incident to 14.

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told the Associated Press 90-year-old Cecilia Franco and 95-year-old Francesca Andrade died earlier this week from ailments suffered following a power outage at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which left the facility without air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Overall, Irma was responsible for 77 deaths in the United States and Caribbean.

Attorney Bill Dean, who represents several of the patients who survived the awful conditions at the nursing home, said the facility should be held responsible for the tragedy.

"I think it's tragic, I think it's sad," Dean said. "All of this was preventable by the nursing home."

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Facility staff started calling 911 on Sept. 12, three days after Irma. By the next morning, rescue crews arrived at the home and realized that it had been operating without AC for days, which made the rooms dangerously hot.

Franco's husband, Miguel Antonio, died one day after the facility began to call for help, the AP also reported. The deaths range in age from 57 to 99, and although an investigation is ongoing, nobody has been charged so far, the AP added.

"I am absolutely heartbroken," Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted following the incident. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable."

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