Greece: DEI power cut results in death of quadriplegic woman

24 July, 15:30

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JULY 24 - A 56-year-old Greek woman died in the area of Chania, Crete, due to a power cut as GreekReport website writes adding that she had been quadriplegic for 20 years and was living on mechanical support. According to Greek media, the woman had a live-in nurse who was taking care of her, but at the moment of the incident she had stepped out to run some errands. During that time, the Public Power Corporation of Greece (DEI) representatives visited the house to deliver a notice for the impeding power cut, because the 56-year-old woman owed 240 euros to the company. Since no one answered the door, the DEI team cut the power and left the notice on the door. When DEI cut the power to the house, the oxygen supply machines continued operating normally for one hour, which is exactly how long they can run without power. However, it appears that the nurse returned to the house after the machine's batteries had run out and realized that the woman had already passed away. The woman's family, rushed to the police department of Chania and filed a lawsuit against any person who was responsible for the woman's tragic death. A few months ago, on March 14 2014, the 56-year-old woman had made a public appeal in a local newspaper, after OGA (Agricultural Insurance Organization) had cut her pension and as a result she could not pay for her treatment.


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