NorCal Man Using Oxygen Tank Dies Within Minutes of Deliberate PG&E Power Outage, Family Says
A 67-year-old Pollock Pines man using multiple breathing machines died within minutes of the deliberate PG&E power outage in Northern California.
Robert Mardis Sr.’s family says he would still be alive if PG&E did not shut off their power this week.
The family says they were prepared for the power outage with battery-operated equipment as a back up plan.
According to the family, Robert Mardis was asleep when his oxygen tank lost power within minutes of PG&E’s outage.
FOX 40 reported:
The family of 67-year-old Robert Mardis Sr. believes he would still be alive if PG&E didn’t shut off their power this week in Pollock Pines.
“He had health issues,” Mardis’ daughter, Marie Aldea, told FOX40. “He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.”
“I went down and check on him at 11:30 or so and he was sound asleep, the power was still on at that point,” Aldea said.
But early Wednesday, Aldea says her family was jolted awake.
“We were all asleep, we heard my mom scream. She was crying,” she said. “My dad went down in her arms, he was going for this oxygen machine.”
Family members performed CPR on Mardis, but responding paramedics pronounced him dead. Aldea says her father’s health issues didn’t help, but she believes part of the blame is on PG&E.
“I don’t understand why they turned off the power,” she said. “No winds at all. And because of that, my father is gone. Blaming them is not going to bring my father back, unfortunately.”
Aldea believes her father lost oxygen in his sleep and several minutes passed before he woke up to reach for his back-up tank. It was within those crucial minutes she believes he died, which she believes could have been avoided with power.
On Friday, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office said an autopsy determined the cause of death as Severe Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis.
The Sheriff’s office said the power outage was not the cause of death and said the case is now closed.
More than 1.5 million Californians on Thursday were without power after Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) cut off electricity to even more residents in order to ‘prevent dangerous wildfires.’
Rotting fish, spotty internet and closed businesses mark day 3 and 4 of the deliberate power outages in Gavin Newsom’s Socialist utopia of California.
The Socialist utopia of California: Where homelessness, used needles in the streets and deliberate power outages that resembles something out of India in the 1970’s or current day Venezuela and North Korea are the new norm.
But fear not because Gavin Newsom is working hard for the people of California and he just signed a law banning tiny plastic shampoo bottles in hotels.