A Brooklyn mom suffered an apparent fatal heart attack inside her crumbling brownstone early Sunday — after the disabled woman was cut off from medical care for months because of the home’s extreme disrepair, authorities and her son said.
Denise Floyd, 58, hadn’t been feeling well since Saturday, but her adult son was unable to help her out of their shared home on Patchen Avenue near Macon Street because the three-story building’s upper floors had collapsed onto its ground floor months ago.
“She was coherent, but she was getting sicker and weaker by the minute,” said Jesse Rogerson, 36. “I couldn’t get my mother out because we were pretty much stuck in.
“You literally had to crawl on the floor just to get outside.”
For the ailing Bedford-Stuyvesant woman, who used a wheelchair, the feat was too great, so Rogerson finally called 911 around 3:35 a.m. Sunday, saying that his mom was having a heart attack, the FDNY said.
But EMTs were also unable to get Floyd past the tangled barricade of rotted rafters and sheetrock partially blocking the front door, forcing them to call in firefighters and drag her to the street.
“They had to drag her on the floor just to get her out,” said Rogerson, the only tenant of the decrepit building besides his mom.
By the time responders rushed Floyd to Woodhull Hospital, it was too late.
Rogerson laid the blame at the feet of the hellhole’s landlord, Elsa Steglich, saying that she’d ignored serious structural problems for years until what started as a roof leak escalated to a pancake collapse.
“We were trying to get out of here. We were trying to find a place to go,” said Rogerson. “Every time it rained, it would just keep leaking and leaking. From the third [floor] to the second to the first.”
“Now the sheetrock gets rotten, the wood gets rotten and everything just came down.”
The building’s interior will have to be fully demolished, said a city Department of Buildings spokesman.
A phone call to a number publicly listed for Steglich went unanswered Sunday, and she ignored a reporter’s questions at the scene.
Floyd was “a good person who loved everyone and befriended everyone,” said Rogerson. “She didn’t deserve this.”
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