Twin Brothers Die After Ventilators Fail During Power Outage
Makes you realize how life is precious and in a blink of an eye it can be lost.
According to The NY Daily News:
Authorities are investigating the tragic deaths of twin 22-year-old brothers whose ventilators failed during a mass power outage in Northern California’s Calaveras County.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call earlier this week and found the brothers in respiratory distress, according to a statement from Sgt. Chris Hewitt.
Ryan and Joshua Hall were afflicted with muscular dystrophy and relied on the breathing machines for life support. They had been dependent on ventilators since they were two, authorities said.
Paramedics and deputies administered CPR when they arrived at the Valley Springs home where the identical twins’ mother was their caregiver. But rescue efforts failed.
Sheriff Gary Kuntz told KTXL-TV investigators were examining the equipment to try to determine why a back-up system apparently failed to work during the Tuesday power outage.
“They had backup systems that didn’t work so it looks like there may have been a failure of equipment there,” neighbor Steven St. Sure said. “I mean, power outages are always a possibility, especially up here.”
Neighbors said they were heartbroken.
“I heard and I just started crying,” said neighbor Kayte Dollens.
Another neighbor, Megan Dollens, told ABC News 10 said she couldn’t image the family’s pain.
“I honestly don’t know what to think about this because it’s awful,” she said. “I can’t imagine what their parents are thinking.”
Prayers go out to their family.