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Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Twin brothers die when breathing ventilators fail in power outage

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By Jason Wells

LOS ANGELES TIMES
November 14, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

Authorities are investigating why twin 22-year-old brothers died when their ventilators shut down during a mass power outage in the Northern California town of Valley Springs.

The brothers, Ryan and Joshua Hall, suffered from muscular dystrophy and were dependent on the breathing ventilators for life support, Fox 40 reported. On Tuesday night, a widespread power outage hit the area, prompting their mother to call authorities for help.

When Calaveras County sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the brothers in distress and immediately administered CPR, but they eventually died.

Sheriff Gary Kuntz told Fox 40 his department was looking at a number of possibilities, including why the backup system to the ventilators failed. Residents in the neighborhood were also curious.

"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 told Fox 40. "I mean, power outages are always a possibility, especially up here."

Meanwhile, the death of the brothers shocked neighbors in the small town east of Stockton.

“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 image what their parents are thinking."
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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Sad, but they came into this world together so maybe it's best they went out together.

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

If they were dependent on the ventilators and even the backup failed, I say max bad luck and a big lawsuit!

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

The power failure didn't kill them.

The parents not keeping a functional power backup killed them.

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Why did they not have a generator? Geez, we have one and all I'm concerned about is keeping food from going bad & from getting too cold if it goes out in the winter. Their kids were dependent on power to live -
Those back up system should have been checked, frequently. So I'm not too impressed with the parents right now.
Poor kids

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Meant to be.

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Yes, it was meant to be. I can't imagine the time, effort, and money required to keep them alive. The deaths were tragic, but perhaps the parents can move on with their lives, although I'm sure they are already up to their eyeballs in debt....

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Blame it on Jerry Lewis because he doesn't do the MDA telethon anymore.

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

Sad, but I agree that it's better they went together.

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Re: Twin Brothers Die when Breathing Ventilators Fail in Power Outage

should check into that dme

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