Administrators at the New York Artificial Kidney Center at 2651 East 14th Street have reached out to Sheepshead Bites, saying that they’ve been without power since the hurricane and that their patients lives are at risk. Meanwhile, they say, the city has been ignoring their concerns.
Employee Lona Leybengrub writes:
Our Dialysis Center treats 190 patients that rely on us for life sustaining treatments. We were flooded as a result of most recent storm and a huge tree, belonging to the city of New York (from the city property) fell on part of the center. It has to be removed, however cannot be touched by us, only the city. We have started to rebuild and clean up the place, however would not be able to open our doors to treat the Patients until that tree is removed. We contacted the city agencies w/no response. Patients are really suffering! We are temporarily dialyzing them in another location, however cannot accommodate all of them since the borrowed space right now is much smaller and the conditions there do not allow us to provide them w/all necessities of complete treatments. Some of our Patients end up going to local hospitals, however get inadequate treatments or none at all. Without these treatments, they cannot survive! Could you please help us out in any way you can?
Administrator Clara Tarantul adds:
I have called 311, 911, 511, con Ed, parks dept, and DOH for help and have only gotten the run around. Fire dept said its not on fire and not there problem park dept would take a complain they said the tree did not fall where it’s a danger to people. And every other agency has ignored our cries for help.