Shawnee family frustrated over lack of power - KCTV5

Shawnee family frustrated over lack of power

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"The elementary school down the street is sitting there empty with A/C and power and you're like, ‘I’m six doors down.’ Like. come on!" Keri Brooks says. (Amy Anderson/KCTV5 News) "The elementary school down the street is sitting there empty with A/C and power and you're like, ‘I’m six doors down.’ Like. come on!" Keri Brooks says. (Amy Anderson/KCTV5 News)
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Not having power in your house is frustrating enough, but couple that with needing electricity to potentially save your child's life and you've got one stressed out mom.

"The elementary school down the street is sitting there empty with A/C and power and you're like, ‘I’m six doors down.’ Like. come on!" Keri Brooks says.

When the power went out Saturday night, Brooks’ heart skipped a beat.

"The trees were bending over, and it was like stuff was being thrown everywhere in the street,” she said.

Fortunately, Brooks' family was safe, and their house intact. But having no power puts a burden on them that outweighs most.

Her 3-year-old son, Bo, was born 11 weeks premature and has lung issues because of that. His nebulizer is what would save his life if he needed it, and it needs to be plugged in.

"It's like you don't understand it when he tanks. He tanks very fast. We spent a lot of time in the hospital. It's nothing I could ever mess around with,” Brooks said.

And heading off to a hotel or friend's house isn't as easy as it might be for other families.

"Especially like a hotel, because he has lung disease. He gets very sick, very easy, and hotels are germy, and we can't go to restaurants and stuff like that because he's on the spectrum and he does not handle social situations well. So our options of been very limited,” Brooks said.

Brooks also tube feeds Bo and needs the fridge to preserve his food.

"We don't use it all at once, so it has to go in the fridge. I've been dumping a lot of it out and it just kind of makes you sick, because it's special order,” Brooks said.

You may ask why the family isn't on the priority list for power restoration? 

Brooks says they were when Bo was on oxygen, but once he was off that oxygen, she says KCP&L told her they no longer qualified.

“We're just praying it comes back soon,” she said.

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