BY DANIEL GAITAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
A 12th resident has died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning at a severely overheated Florida nursing home.
Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday night with hospice care, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office. Biamonte was a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Biamonte is the youngest victim.
“This tragedy was not only avoidable, but was foreseeable as Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation had over a week to prepare and create a plan to relocate and protect all of its residents prior to Hurricane Irma’s arrival,” family lawyer Sean Greene said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
Greene said Biamonte had a neurological disorder that left her blind and unable to move on her own.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office found Biamonte suffered similar symptoms as the 11 other residents who died. According to The Associated Press, some of the dead had body temperatures as high as 109.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to a statement from Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Miranda Grossman to the AP, Hollywood police are treating all 12 deaths as part of a criminal investigation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has also opened a criminal investigation into the deaths. No one has been charged.
The state Agency for Health Care Administration revoked the facility’s license and shuttered the nursing home last week. According to Grossman, a fully functioning hospital was just across the street from the nursing home and the victims could have been cared for there.
Damning new details from @AHCA_FL on Hollywood Hills nursing home: nurses falsified patient medical records after deaths. pic.twitter.com/pMf6hyWpVf
— Daniel Chang (@dchangmiami) September 20, 2017
#BREAKING: 12th Patient Dies After Hollywood Nursing Home Tragedy: https://t.co/JrLcLcDExN
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) September 29, 2017
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