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Posted: September 29, 2017

12th Florida nursing home patient dies after Hurricane Irma

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where 12 residents died after the power went out during Hurricane Irma.
John Pacenti/The Palm Beach Post
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida, where 12 residents died after the power went out during Hurricane Irma.

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By Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. —

A 12th elderly patient at Florida’s Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center died Thursday night after being taken from the overheated nursing home that had no air conditioning for three days after Hurricane Irma hit, according to the Broward Medical Examiner.

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Dolores Biamonte, 57, had the same symptoms as the other patients who were brought to Memorial Regional Hospital. An autopsy will be preformed on Biamonte Friday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel

Biamonte’s death comes after eight patients died on Sept. 13, and three more died last week. The ages of the first 11 who died ranged from 78 to 99, according to The Associated Press

Since the hurricane, all patients have been removed from the home and the state has revoked its license, but the home has filed a lawsuit to overturn the state’s decision, according to the AP.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel and The Associated Press


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