Nursing home where 12 died after Irma shuts down


The Florida nursing home were 12 patients died during hurricane Irma is laying off its 245 employees.

A woman is transported from the Rehabilitation Center after the facility lost power during the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Mrs. Franco was married to 92-year-old Miguel Antonio Franco, one of the first eight residents to die in the overheated care facility September 13, according to family attorney Albert Levin.

Franco lived only 26 days after her husband of 61 years, Miguel Antonio Franco, died along with seven other residents in the first run of deaths.

Several families have filed lawsuits. She died at St. Catherine's Hospice in Hialeah Gardens.

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The exact causes of death have not been released, but a number of the 141 residents eventually evacuated were treated for heat-related issues.

On the same day, police announced the death of 95-year-old Francesca Andrade, bringing the toll to 14.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were taken away from the sweltering facility after the electric transformer that powered the facility's air conditioning was damaged during the storm. One video obtained by CNN shows a naked woman sitting in a hallway on what appears to be a hospital bed.

Despite multiple calls between the nursing home and state authorities, the facility did not report its patients were in danger or they needed to be evacuated, according to a report last week by the office of Gov. Rick Scott.

"The respondent's (nursing home's) deficient conduct is widespread and places all future residents at immediate threat to their health, safety and welfare", the order said.