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13th patient at overheated Florida nursing home dies

13th patient at overheated Florida nursing home dies

Two more women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, becoming the 13th and 14th fatalities linked to the home.

In a letter dated September 27, Carolina Pena, the center's human resources director, wrote the facility was unable to notify the state of the layoffs sooner "due to unforeseen business circumstances that occurred after the impact of Hurricane Irma", the paper reported. It filed an amended complaint this week that challenged a September 20 emergency order that suspended the facility's license.

Navarro filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills Sept. 22.

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.

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More than 100 patients were evacuated from the home on September 13 after three patients were found dead. The couple had shared a room on the nursing home's second floor.

The patients died after the storm damaged the electric transformer that powered the facility's air conditioning. Circuit Judge James Shelfer has scheduled a hearing for October 27.

The nursing home's license was revoked the same day by the state Agency for Health Care Administration, which cited several residents' deaths from respiratory or cardiac distress and administrators' efforts to revise patients' medical records after the fact. The commission will put proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2018 ballot.