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Elderly woman who relies on oxygen machine fears electricity will be shut off

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Teresa Huskey fears her electricity will be shut off, needs oxygen machine to breathe (Credit: KMOV) Teresa Huskey fears her electricity will be shut off, needs oxygen machine to breathe (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS. Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis woman who relies on an oxygen machine to breathe is in the fear of Ameren Missouri cutting her electricity.

Teresa Huskey, 67, says she owes Ameren $5,000 in back bills, but thinks the company should give her more time to pay.

Huskey says she has multiple conditions and does not expect to live much longer. But for the time being, the oxygen machine is the only thing keeping her breathing, she says.

“I have asthma, emphysema and COPD,” said Huskey. “I only get $733 a month.”

Huskey says she was told unless she makes a payment, Ameren would cut her power in the morning on April 5.

“I called and I told them the situation two or three times. All they did was tell me to come up with $3,000 or forget it,” said Huskey.

News 4 called Ameren, but the utility could not comment due to privacy concerns. But Ameren later sent a statement:

"Ameren Missouri has a variety of energy assistance programs to help support customers with financial assistance including customers with special medical needs."

It is unclear whether Huskey qualifies or has applied for any of those programs offered by Ameren. But Huskey says she has only received the run around.

“They [Ameren] said they didn’t have the paperwork and I said, ‘I’ve been yelling at you for a month,’ and I said, ‘It never got here,’” said Huskey.

News 4 reached out again to Ameren and assured that a representative would reach out to Huskey.

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