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No Sense of Decency

Published on October 26th, 2017

The Sun Sentinel reported that Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where the central air conditioning failed during Hurricane Irma causing 14 wrongful deaths sent a bill to a family member of one of the deceased residents, Albertina Vega.

The facility sent it on the day she would have turned 100 years old.  Carmen Fernandez went to the bank to close Vega’s account only to learn there was no money in it. Instead, there was an automatic payment of $958 to Hollywood Hills that resulted in an overdraft fee.

The shock of it was magnified by the fact that the payment was posted on Oct. 10, the day Vega would have become a centenarian had she not perished in the stifling nursing home.

Vega was the first of the victims who died Sept. 13 inside the overheated facility or at Memorial Regional Hospital across the street. The eight residents who died that day were living on the second floor of the nursing home, which had no functioning air conditioning for three days.

 

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