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HOUSTON—A cancer patient in the last throes of fighting her disease is now fighting to keep her power on, and she believes without it, she will die.

By Rucks Russell / 11 News

Oct. 13, 2009 View larger E-mail Clip More Video “I’m fighting for my life and I thought people at the power company would help me,” said Mable Randon, who’s confined to a wheelchair and an electrically-powered oxygen machine.

Randon received a cutoff notice from her energy company, Freedom Power, after falling behind on her bills. 

She applied to CenterPoint Energy’s “Critical Care Program,” which tries to maintain service for people who depend on electrically-powered life support systems. 

“I just thought they’d make some kind of exception for me,” she said.

Alicia Dixon, a CenterPoint spokesperson, said Randon could have purchased a battery-powered alternative oxygen machine.  She also said the critical customer care program has thousands of applicants, and only 300 of them have been accepted.  Read more.

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