THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11)—For most of us, a power outage is an annoyance and an inconvenience. But, for a 49-year-old woman in a nursing home in the Gun Hill section, it was a matter of life and death -- hers.
According to Consolidated Edison, there was a transformer explosion, knocking out power Sunday around 1:20 a.m. at the Eastchester Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center. Then, the backup generator failed, meaning there was no electricity to power the woman's ventilator, the only thing keeping her alive. She was under a do-not-resuscitate order.
Meanwhile, published reports say patients' families are concerned -- especially since the center did not notify them. The center has reportedly expressed its condolences to the victim's family. But other than that, center officials aren't saying much of anything about the woman's death.
Authorities say she was one of 37 patients on ventilators, who were evacuated and taken to area hospitals, with the help of firefighters and emergency medical technicians. They're reportedly doing OK.
According to ConEd, things were back to normal by 6:30 a.m., when power was restored; the blackout affected more than 4,000 Bronx customers mostly in Pelham Gardens and Morris Park.