Nursing home ventilator resident dies following power outage

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A ventilator-dependent nursing home resident in New York City died Sunday morning when a backup generator failed during a power outage.

The resident, a 49-year-old woman who had a do-not-resuscitate order, lived at Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Ari Donowitz, an administrator at the Bronx nursing home, told the New York Daily News that the facility had experienced some trouble with a generator and that officials are conducting an investigation.

Emergency management workers evacuated 37 other ventilator-reliant residents to nearby hospitals after a power outage struck 4,300 residential and commercial Con Edison customers at about 1:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

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