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Husband and wife among 14 dead after Florida nursing home lost A/C

Husband and wife among 14 dead after Florida nursing home lost A/C

Cecilia Franco, 90, died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, becoming the 13th Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills resident to die from ailments suffered when the nursing home turned into a hotbox following Hurricane Irma.

State officials suspended their license after the evacuation, and owners eventually closed the facility permanently. It filed an amended complaint this week that challenged a September 20 emergency order that suspended the facility's license.

The Sun Sentinel reported the layoffs Friday for the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Franco's death follows the death of her 93-year-old husband, Miguel, who was also a patient at the nursing home. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the state.

But in the emergency order suspending the license, the state agency said nursing-home officials failed to properly evacuate residents when conditions became unsafe during the three days without air conditioning.

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When the hurricane hit South Florida on September 10, one of the nursing home's transformers powering its cooling system went down. Circuit Judge James Shelfer has scheduled a hearing for October 27.

A criminal investigation is under way after patients died in sweltering heat when the center lost power during the storm. The commission will put proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2018 ballot.

"This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision not to evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street", Scott said in a statement last month.


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