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

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

Franco lived only 26 days after her husband of 61 years, Miguel Antonio Franco, was among the eight September 13 deaths at the overheated Hollywood Hills facility across a parking lot from Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. Nursing home officials at the facility set up portable coolers and fans in response, and reached out to Florida Power & Light and called the governor's cellphone in the next two days.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were evacuated from the facility. Grossman didn't say exactly when the women died.

Cecilia Franco would be the 13th death linked to the nursing home. She died Monday morning in hospice care.

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


The state has suspended the home's license.

On the same day, police announced the death of 95-year-old Francesca Andrade, bringing the toll to 14. State and federal agencies are also conducting administrative investigations. The nursing home told the state the layoffs happened September 20, the report said.

Gov. Rick Scott approved an emergency order last month that would require all nursing homes to obtain generators and adequate fuel for their air conditioning systems by next month, though the Florida Health Care Association, the state industry trade group, has countered that the requirement is not feasible in that timeframe.

The nursing home has expressed its sympathy for the families of the deceased and said it is "fully cooperating with all authorities and regulators to assess what went wrong".

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